1999 Field Season
and Site Diaries
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Diaries for 1999
Welcome to the diary for the 1999
season of excavations on Gardom's Edge. This is the fifth and last major season
of excavations on the moor and we are, again, focusing on a range of features
which include later prehistoric buildings, field banks, cairns and a pit alignment.
We are returning to 2 features dug last year - a complex set of buildings, banks
and cairns (trench 1), and a pit alignment (trench 2).
We have also located a number of
trenches (3-5) in an area in the northern part of the field system which comprises
a large rectangular field defined by earthern and stoney field banks. This contrasts
with the system of smaller, irregular fields we have worked within in previous
years. While these smaller fields contain small clearance cairns located in
an irregular pattern, this field is associated with a series of large cairns
laid out in a regular grid. Amongst the questions we hope to approach in this
are the differences in field
morphology related to different cultivation practices?
what is the chronological relationship
with the smaller fields?
and how were the boundaries
and cairns formed?
The diary will include the latest
developments in each trench and will be updated weekly.
and Schools Educational Program
Everyday is open day during the public season
of the dig. The public season safely closed on Sunday the 4th of
July, without interruption by Nostradamus' supposed prophecy of the end of
the world as we know it (and I feel fine). The final weekend saw hundreds
of visitors to the excavation as well as a large and knowledgeable group join
the last landscape walk with an archaeologist.
On the weekend of the 26th-27th
of June we also had an End of the Millennium Activity Weekend which drew in
The State of Flux Theatre Group, who
have been working with Mike Dymond on school educational visits, involved children
in a number of roleplaying encounters with Neolithic farmers, hunter-gatherers
and shamen. Both Chesterfield and Sheffield Young Archaeologists Clubs joined
in their activities with relish.
Schools Educational Program