New books, and 2014 Opening
While I have been on holiday, members of our
committee have been busy booking our meeting rooms in the Museum and
buying books for the Library. (I'm sure they've been doing other things as
well, but these are what they've told me about so far). You can find out
what books have been acquired on the Library
page, and our 2014 Opening Dates on the
Opening Dates page. The first date in the New Year is the 10th January
- hope to see lots of you there!
15th December 2013
Society Library - Acquisitions
Over the last year, our librarian has acquired
several new books and reports for our library. You can see a list of these
books on our
As books are acquired for the library, I will add
their titles to that page without further notification here.
Autumn 2013 Lecture Programme
Our new lecture programme covers a wide range of
very interesting topics - Mesolithic/Neolithic footprints in Formby,
Bronze Age Burnt Mounds, the discovery of Richard III's remains in that
Leicester Car Park, and the history of Shugborough from the Bronze Age
onwards. For dates and times, see our
The Bridestones: Historical
Colin Sparkes has written a detailed
historical background paper on the Bridestones. He surveys historical
descriptions of the monument, and compares the Bridestones with other
Neolithic tombs having similar features.
You can now download a copy of this paper here from
our Bridestones page.
Coxbank Farm 2013 excavation
completed, 11th July
with a summing-up report
(added on 19th August)
We have now backfilled this year's excavation at
This has been an extremely successful excavation
- we have found a large (ca 2.5 metres by 0.75 metre) trough which shows
evidence of having been wood-lined (though no remains of any wood were
found). We also found evidence of a working surface which had been made at
one end of the trough, and in the stones of this surface we found a
relatively large (ca 11cm by 9cm) pot sherd. Some small worked flints also
emerged. Pictures (click for a larger view) of trough and pot sherd are
below. See our pictorial diary page
for more pictures.
Our Dig Director,
Winston, has written a summing-up report on this year's excavation -
Coxbank Farm 2013 excavation
updated to 21st June
We think we may have found the trough of a
Bronze Age burnt mound at Coxbank Farm. To see the pictorial diary,
updated to 21st June,
We have received a report from the lab in New
Zealand where we sent some of last year's charcoal for carbon dating: the
result is the same as that for the other mound that we excavated on
this farm in 2006: ca 1300 BC - definitely Bronze Age.
While excavating the latest mound recently,
Winston found a small flint tool. Here's a picture taken by Dave Thomas.
To see the other side of the flint, see the
Coxbank 2013 diary.
Guided Walk around Roman
Members, don't forget the guided walk around Roman Buxton which has been organised for the Society.
As notified in a recent email, we will meet at 11:00 am on Sunday 23rd June 2013 outside the Tourist Office in the Pavilion Gardens at Buxton.
The guided walk is free for members. Guests are welcome to attend but they will be asked to pay a small fee of
£3 (£1.50 for students).
Coxbank Farm excavation, 2013
We are currently working on what appears to be a
Bronze Age burnt mound at Coxbank Farm. To see how we are getting on,
click here for a week-by-week
We are delighted to add an extra lecture evening to the Spring series.
Stephen Dean (Principal Archaeologist, SCC) has kindly agreed to visit SOTMAS and talk to us about field walking, using the latest Hammerwich/Hoard site as an example.
He will also be updating us about the latest Hoard finds.
This lecture will be given in the usual place
(see our lectures page for more
information) on Friday 24th May 2013
at 7:30 pm.
The news which previously appeared on the
rest of this page related to 2012, and can now be found by following the
"More News" link below. Details of all the fieldwork and reports mentioned
there can be found via the "Fieldwork and Trips" menu, above.