Dig 2015: Week Two Update

Despite some wet & windy weather, further work on the Spital Field site reveals a new drain while the New Hall site yields some lovely paving. More information in the Update report and some photos (click on each photo for larger size) :-   Update Sunday 24th May (1)

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A Racing Start for the 2015 Dig

6 trenches (3 each in the Spital Field & the New Hall site behind the Methodist Church) & 2 test pits dug & back filled, all in week one has given this year’s dig a racing start. The following photographs & document give a fuller story (click on each photo for larger size).  The 2015 dig

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Great Neolithic Monuments of the North

A packed village hall listened attentively to a fascinating talk by Colin Richards in which he explored the differences between stone circles, henge monuments and passage graves in northern Britain and Ireland around the fourth millennium.  He proposed an interesting theory of wrapping to explain the development of a number of these sites.  You can read more detail about this talk, by visiting Talk 161014

Colin Richards is Professor of World Prehistory, Archaeology at Manchester University.

 

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“Great Neolithic Monuments of the North” Thursday 9 October 2014

Colin Richards, Professor of World Prehistory and Archaeology at the University of Manchester,will be giving a talk entitled

“Great Neolithic Monuments of the North” on Thursday 16th October, 7.30 pm in Castleton Village Hall. 

Colin’s precis:
The end of the fourth millennium cal BC marks a point when a series of apparently different monuments begin to be constructed across Britain and Ireland. In this talk I want to explore the ‘differences’ between stone circles, henge monuments and passage graves in northern Britain and Ireland.
As we will see things may not be so clear-cut as they seem.
The talk has been organised by Castleton Historical Society. As usual, non-members are very welcome (£3 entrance which includes refreshments).
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‘Castleton Remembers': The Opening of the World War 1 Exhibition

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‘Castleton Remembers’ Display in the Visitors Centre

The CHS Exhibition featuring the memories & photos of the people of Castleton during World War 1 was opened on August 1st by Mary Bagley of PDNPA & Peter Harrison of the CHS.  This project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and gathered together a varied collection of material about the village during the war.  The exhibition is on display at Castleton Visitor Centre in the Darnbrough Room until 31 August during normal Centre opening times. Admission is free.

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Peter Harrison (CHS) & Mary Bagley (PDNPA)

 

The opportunity was also taken to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the partnership between CHS and PDNPA at the Visitors Centre where CHS houses its accredited museum.

A full report of the project and this event is available here:- WW1 exhibition report

WW1 cake

Maria’s delicious celebration cake

 

WW1 Kay etc

 

Poems & Paintings by the children of Castleton Primary School
Poems & Paintings by the children of Castleton Primary School

 

Children's work on the theme 'Poppies'

Children’s work on the theme ‘Poppies’

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19 June 2014: Anglo-Saxon Derbyshire – Dave Barrett County Archaeologist for Derbyshire

In spite of the scarcity of Anglo Saxon archaeological sites in the local area, there was much to interest the audience for Dave Barrett’s talk.  Read more about the evidence of the sites from this period here:- Talk 19 June 2014

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Aircraft Wrecks Walk: 24 May 2014

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CHS Members braved the wet weather and were rewarded with much interesting information and fantastic views on this guided walk to selected aircraft wreck sites. Read on for more photographs and information via the link below.

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cosy lunchtime venue

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Gloster Meteor site

Field Trip 24 May 2014

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