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Waking the Legions

Walking the Legions. Copyright Big Heritage

Waking the Legions was a multi-method geophysical survey undertaken on the Deanery Field, in the grounds of Chester Cathedral, during the 2016 Festival of Archaeology.

The project was coordinated by Big Heritage and Magnitude Surveys, and offered a unique chance for people of all ages to have a go at some archaeology fieldwork.    

Its great success was also due to the workshops, that allowed participants and visitors to learn about the science behind the geophysics techniques, and exhibitions in the King Charles Tower, that displayed findings from previous excavations and artefacts from the Grosvenor Museum.

Please see the full project case study at the bottom of the page.

You can find out more information about the project here

Family Garden Dig

Great Chesterford Parish Council - Copyright 2017

To develop the passion for archaeology in younger people, Chesterfords Local History & Archaeology Society organised an excavation in the grounds of All Saints church’s vicarage.

The dig, that took place in May 2017, involved archaeologists from Oxford Archaeology East (OAE) helping enthusiastic children and adults discover their local Heritage.

Guidance from the OAE and the University of Cambridge, allowed the participants to process, identify and archive the finds, and to report the results to the Historic Environment Record.

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Friends of the Chalk Tower

Friends of the Chalk Tower. Copyright Chrys Mellor

This seventeenth century grade II* listed tower on Flamborough Head, East Yorkshire, is the oldest surviving complete lighthouse in the country. The Friends of the Chalk Tower with the support of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council are currently working to raise people’s awareness and promote the importance of this unique building.

The MAAF has been a crucial factor in increasing of the monument’s interpretation; thanks to the support from the CBA, the Friends not only provided a new explanatory board, but involved directly the community, asking for the ideas and suggestions in preparation for the Tower’s future opening.

Please see the full project case study at the bottom of the page.

Fridaythorpe Fimber Wetwang Archaeology Project (FFWAP)

Magnetometer survey Image © FFWAP

FFWAP is an ongoing project which began in September 2017 to study the archaeology of the area between the East Yorkshire villages of Fridaythorpe, Fimber and Wetwang.  

Earlier research provides evidence for activity in the area from the Neolithic Period to Viking age and the project aims to involve the community in the discovery of new archaeology. FFWAP will be using their grant to undertake a geophysical survey carried out by a mixed group of passionate volunteers, trained and guided by a professional archaeologist.

Image © FFWAP

Moel y Gaer

Moel y Gaer Bodfari project. Gary Lock and John Poucett.

The Moel y Gaer project began in 2011 and is currently in its second phase, which will continue until 2020. Through the training of adults and school pupils, the project will help develop understanding of Iron Age hillforts on the Clwdian Mountains, North Wales.

An interesting aspect of this community project, was the direct involvement of two professional artists, who carried out art workshops with the volunteers. The result of this engagement will be an exhibition at the Oriel Plas Glyn Y Weddw gallery, in Llanbedrog, in Summer 2018.

If you would like to see the full project case study, please scroll to the bottom of the page.

Putting Theory into Practice

TRAC Photo. Courtesy of Dr. M. Mandich

Acknowledging Mick Aston’s interest in the cause, the MAAF will support the promotion of experimental archaeology and its fundamental role in the study of the Roman culture.

On September 22nd and 23rd 2018, the Theoretical Roman Archaeology Conference and the Vindolanda Trust will organise a workshop at the Roman fort of Vindolanda (Bardon Mill).

A presentation of academic papers on the use of experimental archaeology in Roman studies will take place on day one, while day two will focus on public engagement through demonstrations of pottery and metal working, and hands-on activities.

You can find out more about the conference here.   

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