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1999 Field Season and Site Diaries


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Site Diaries for 1999

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Site 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).

later prehistoric buildings
field banks
cairns
pit alignment

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 area include

The diary will include the latest developments in each trench and will be updated weekly.

Location map
Trench 1 Week 1
Trench 2 Week 1
Trench 3 Week 1
Trench 4
Week1
Trench 5
Week 1

Trench 6 -
New in Week 2

Trench 7 -
New in Week 2

Trench 1 Week 2
Trench 2 Week 2
Trench 3 Week 2
Trench 4
Week 2
Trench 5
Week 2
Trench 1 Week 3
Trench 2 Week 3
Trench 3 Week 3
Trench 4
Week 3
Trench 5
Week 3

Trench 6
Week 3

Trench 7
Week 3
Trench 1 Week 4
Trench 2 Week 4
Trench 3 Week 4
Trench 4
Week 4
Trench 5
Week 4
Trench 6
Week 4
Trench 7
Week 4
Trench 1 Week 5
Trench 2 Week 5
Trench 3 Week 5
Trench 4
Week 5
Trench 5
Week 5
Trench 6
Week 5
Trench 7
Week 5


Public Activities 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 record crowds.

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.

 

Activity Weekend, 26-27th June 1999 - Flint Knapping - Pot Firing and Site Tours

Schools Educational Program

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