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Whitwick Test Pit Results Announced!

Cast your minds back to the summer…

In July we spent a great weekend excavating two test-pits in Whitwick as part of Charnwood Root’s Whitwick Big Dig. Over the two days, one dry and sunny and one very wet, Club members excavated two test-pits in Whitwick Park. This was a great opportunity for our members to get involved in a real archaeological project and it was fantastic to help out with the Charnwood Roots Project again following our successes last year at Anstey.

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Last weekend I was back in Whitwick to help reveal the results of the project to the excavation team and it was great to see some of our members amongst the crowd. Over the weekend, we managed to dig 29 test-pits across the village with the goal of exploring the nature of Whitwick’s settlement history and promote local history and heritage to the community.

Sadly, the excavations mostly yielded a mixture of modern and post-medieval artefacts and features and we have learnt very little about the village’s early history. Only 9 test-pits produced medieval pottery, but this includes the two excavated by LYAC which is great! The conclusion is that the medieval pottery in our pits has probably been deposited through manuring of fields surrounding the village. This is confirmed by the surviving earthworks of medieval ridge and furrow surrounding Test-Pit 11.

To learn more about what we discovered, download the Test Pit Reports for our two pits (below):

Whitwick Test Pit 10

Whitwick Test Pit 11

Also check out these two great films of the weekend produced by the Charnwood Roots Team. Look out for Club members and Branch Leader Steve being interviewed!

Again, we would like to say a big Thank You! to the Charnwood Roots Project for giving us this fantastic opportunity to take part in a great archaeological project. Next year the team will be digging in Rothley and we look forward to taking part!

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Charnwood’s 600 million years of Geology

Charnwood Roots Project is hosting an FREE geology workshops offering you the chance to glimpse into Charnwood’s 600 million year past.  Open to everyone who is volunteering on the Charnwood Project.
 
The rich array of ancient rocks present in Charnwood Forest, a tantalising glimpses into its life as a volcanic island, a mountain range, a desert and even a seabed!
 
Experienced geologist Gill Weightman will be leading each session, during which you’ll get the opportunity to handle an assortment of rocks that are Charnwood born and bred; each with their own tale to tell. At the end of the session you’ll be a dab hand at rock identification – this will be particularly useful for those wanting to get involved with fieldwalking or to help with our landscape surveys next year.

Details

  • Saturday 6th September, 10.30am and 12.30pm at Coalville Library, High Street, Coalville, LE67 3EA
  • Tuesday 23rd September, 2pm and 4pm at Mountsorrel Library and Learning Centre, Church House, The Green, Mountsorrel, LE12 7AF.
  • Both venues have disabled access

Charnwood’s Geology Event

Book your place email charnwoodroots@le.ac.uk

Charnwood Project Contact details here to become a Charnwood Volunteer

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Anstey Big Dig – Day 2

Day two of the Big Dig in Anstey with Charnwood Roots. Today we are at Packhorse Bridge, what a lovely location!

Let’s see what we can find today!

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