Funding Case studies
The Council for British Archaeology supports a diverse range of projects through the Mick Aston Archaeology Fund. The case studies below are of successful applications and demonstrate how the funding can be used to assist a project. To see the projects in more detail please refer to the download links at the end of the page.
Waking the Legions
Waking the Legions was a project that saw Chester’s archaeological heritage engage with the local community. As part of the Festival of Archaeology in 2016 Big Heritage partnered with Magnitude Surveys to undertake a geophysical survey of the Deanery Field, situated in the grounds of Chester Cathedral. The team were joined on site by volunteers over the survey weekend, including Merseyside and a Young Archaeologists’ Club.
Please see the full project case study at the bottom of the page.
The Ingmire Moss project was set up by the Lunesdale Archaeology Society. Their aim is to record, describe and protect sites of archaeological and local interest, situated in the Upper Lune.
They received the Mick Aston Fund to explore a large circular enclosure using LIDAR equipment. To find out more about the projects, scroll down to the bottom of the page to the project templates.
Friends of the Chalk Tower
This project was set up by several people (friends) living on or near the Flamborough outer head in the East Riding of Yorkshire. It is an ‘ongoing’ project and their aim is to raise awareness of the Chalk Tower. Check out the rest of their work in the project report.
Duddon Valley Longhouse Project
The Duddon Valley local history group was formed in the early 1990s and runs a programme of activities and talks for its members. Their current dig is the Duddon Valley project funded by a number of heritage bodies including the Mick Aston Archaeology Fund.
Initially an archaeological survey was undertaken and this entailed a detailed survey of each longhouse using a theodolite and disto with data plotted in the field. A further process of photogrammetric survey was undertaken across a wide area, using photographs taken from a drone, in order to record the wider landscapes. In conjunction with this, a geophysical survey was undertaken to examine underlying structures and to identify any possible hearths. This preliminary work then culminated with the excavation of Tongue House a Longhouse.
For full details of the Duddon Valley project, please scroll to the bottom of the page.
Moel y Gaer
The Moel y Gaer project began in 2011. They used the Mick Aston Archaeology Fund towards excavation costs and on-site facilities. They also have two local artists who are producing work which will then be displayed in a local gallery. If you would like to see the full project case study, please scroll to the bottom of the page.
The Conservation Group at Maids Moreton undertook an excavation using the Mick Aston Fund to do a geophysical survey of the area and managed to uncover some fantastic finds! If you would like to read more about the Maids Morten excavation, please scroll down towards the bottom of the page where you will see the report.
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