Following on from Nigel Wood’s article in the September issue of Signpost, here is an update. Please also see the attached Ethelburga interim report giving background details to the project.
The plan is to put forward a bid to the HLF for a community dig. The Field Detectives will provide their information for the bid application. Matt Beresford, a professional archaeologist, has agreed in principle to lead the project with support from David Bate of the Field Detectives and myself. Matt will be visiting the site shortly to see what is required. In the meantime John Parker has hired a digger at his own expense and created an earth bank around the site and has set aside the land from cultivation. The Field Detectives have marked out the site with a grid and have made a tentative start at a detailed excavation. Chris Keast of Trent University, along with some of his students, has carried out an aerial survey using a drone. As Chris lives in Cropwell Bishop he is very keen to be involved.
On Friday 29th & Saturday 30th September and Sunday 1st October the Field Detectives will be on site and are keen for locals to be aware about what is there and the plans for the excavation. Visitors to the site would be very welcome.
Access is via the lane down past Priory Place to Hall Farm, Langar with limited parking near the site. It is within walking distance from Langar.