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Trent & Peak Archaeology is a trading name of York Archaeological Trust for Excavation and Research. Limited Registered Office: 47 Aldwark, York, YO1 7BX A Company Limited by Guarantee Registered in England No. 1430801 A registered Charity in England & Wales (No. 509060) and Scotland (No. SCO42846)
Heritage Jigsaw           March 2016
We're excited to be working with Jigsaw Youth Club, which has been awarded funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). This will be used for Heritage JIGSAW, on an innovative project exploring how young adults with autistic spectrum condition can be given greater opportunities to get involved in archaeology . Jigsaw is a group for young adults with autistic spectrum condition (ASC). With TPA members they will be learning about life in medieval Nottingham and at Lenton's lost medieval priory. They will carry out hands-on archaeological investigations into the historic Priory Church of St Anthony (once part of Lenton Priory) and its churchyard, explore medieval food, learn about medieval documents, and visit local historic buildings important in medieval Nottinghamshire's religious and civic life. To increase future opportunities for people with autistic spectrum condition to get involved in their community's history members TPA will create a pack of guidelines, resources, activities and templates to help other groups and services.  The project is also looking for  volunteers.  Opportunities include supporting archaeology and other heritage learning activities, and offering training and support in design, audiovisual editing and website creation. For more information, or to find out more about opportunities for volunteering, contact Alison, Communities Project Supervisor at TPA, on 0115 8967400 or amontgomery@yorkat.co.uk
Our City, Our River Derby:           April 2016 Help Uncover Roman Derby!            From Tuesday (3 May), Trent & Peak Archaeology are opening up trenches for members of the public to get involved and try their hand at excavating Roman Derby. The archaeology is part of necessary preparation work for the Our City Our River flood defence and regeneration project being led by Derby City Council. The construction for the project is being carried out by GBV Ltd (joint venture by Galliford Try and Black & Veatch) A number of trenches have been excavated and so far, have uncovered numerous artefacts from the Roman age fort of Derventio and civilian settlement of Vicus along with some slightly more recent post-mediaeval finds which has allowed a much greater understanding of early Derby and the city’s heritage as far back as 2000 years ago. The Big Dig will run from Tuesday 3 May to Friday 27 of May and is a chance for the Derby community to get hands (or trowel) on with the Roman heritage of the city, learn some new skills and make friends along the way! The dig site will centre on the Roman road of Ryknield Street that lies under Darley Playing fields, and in Roman times would have been an important trade and travel route. To get involved and volunteer you can email TPA.Volunteering@yorkat.co.uk or call 07767 238756. Please note that you must sign-up to take part due to Health and Safety requirements.                                    
Community Archaeology at    May 2016 Beeston Canalside Heritage Centre   The Canalside Heritage Centre (CHC) in Beeston Rylands is running a community archaeology week Tuesday 10 May - Friday 13 May, with an open day on Sunday 15 May and we are  delighted to be providing our professional services to this brilliant local initiatve. The CHC are offering places on the community archaeology to residents ofBeeston (minimum age applies, for health & safety), with prioritygoing to those in the Rylands. There's theoption of being part of an excavation or learning building recording and surveying. The community open day, for all ages, is on Sunday 15 May. For further information please visit the Canalside Heritage Centre Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/canalsideheritagecentre.                                    
Archaeology for all the family!        July 2016 Get hands-on in our trench at Nottingham Castle with We Dig the Castle! and Archaeology Live!, Saturday 16 July Families of all ages can try out  different types of archaeology at the famous Nottingham Castle. With the help of archaeologists from Trent & Peak Archaeology you'll discover how we find out about the past, what archaeologists really do, and  what's beneath your feet. You could be digging, looking for artefacts, or helping to clean the objects discovered. Whatever your age , there's something for you to do! You'll be part of our real dig at the Castle, as we look for evidence of the English Civil War and remains of the Norman castle that it destroyed. You don't need any experience, or any special equipment or clothing. Just bring a sun hat (or your wellies!), enthusiasm, and a smile. We have places for 15 people in each time slot. These run at 11am, 12 noon, 3pm and 4pm, and you'll need to arrive 10 minutes before the start. All ages are welcome, but under-16s need to come with a parent/guardian. Where children are aged under-12 there is a maximum of 2 children per parent/guardian. Booking is essential, so to reserve places for your family get in touch with Laura or Alison at TPA.Volunteering@yorkat.co.uk or on 0115 8967400. When your place is confirmed print out your confirmation email (or bring it on your phone) and all family members joining the dig will get free entry to the Castle!  
The Martinmas Fair is back!   July 2016           Trent  & Peak is excited to be working in partnership with The Lenton Centre to help the community of Dunkirk & Lenton organise the Martinmas Fair 2016. Started in 2014, this now annual event celebrates the legacy of Lenton Priory, past and present.  Lenton Priory, one of England's wealthiest and most powerful monastic houses, was closed by Henry VIII in the 1530s. However, recent excavations have shown that remains of many of its key buildings, including its cathedral-like church, survive underground.  Trent & Peak will be at the fair, leading archaeological tours, and  showing finds from the site. Come along to hear us talk about the recent excavations. As well as being a great religious and civic power Lenton Priory was home to a famous, 8-day long fair, held each year at Martinmas - the feast day of St Martin. Beginning in the 1160s, the Martinmas Fair was Nottingham's first famous fair.  This revival of the fair, Dunkirk and Lenton's living history day, celebrates this legacy and the area's unique identity, whilst showcasing all of the great things happening today. With falconry, re-enactment, have-a-go archery, costumed characters, talks, the unveiling of artwork, craft activities, market stalls, music and more, there's something for everyone. The Martinmas Fair 2016 takes place in Old Lenton on Saturday 22 October. Find out more at martinmasfairlenton.weebly.com                                  
Newark Civil War ditch   January 2017          Archaeological work undertaken by Trent & Peak has unearthed important new information about Newark’s history during the English Civil War. Trent and Peak was commissioned  as part of Severn Trent’s £60 million investment in Newark’s waste and water network. During the digging of a sewer shaft a defensive ditch was uncovered just a few hundred yards away from the National Civil War Centre. This contained 17th century salt glazed pottery and a single piece of lead shot, the latter from a pistol or carbine.   Newark was an important theatre of the English Civil War. As Stuart Jennings, adviser at the National Civil War Centre, has said, “This is a truly exciting discovery. During the British Civil Wars the town was one of the most heavily defended in England and we have substantial surviving earthworks from the period like the Queen's Sconce fort. But we know that much more awaits discovery under the ground. After King Charles lost the north of England at the Battle of Marston Moor the chief threat to Newark would come from this direction. So to find such substantial defences and deep ditches to the north of the town is not surprising.  We also know from documentary evidence that local people were conscripted to do much of the work.  The trench was part of a massive network of fortifications which by 1645 kept at bay a vast Parliamentarian and Scots army numbering 16,000. It will be fascinating to see what emerges from a detailed analysis of the objects recovered". Severn Trent’s work in Newark is due to continue until 2020. It is hoped that the project will continue to reveal evidence about Newark’s experiences during the English Civil War. See the Newark Advertiser and the Nottingham Post, or find out more on the Severn Trent website.                                  
Confetti site, Nottingham   February 2017 The 'most important find in Nottingham for a decade' Trent & Peak Archaeologists working at the site of Nottingham Trent University’s Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies have unearthed what has been called the city’s greatest archaeological discovery of the past decade. It has long been known that in the Middle Ages a defensive ditch ran along what is now Lower Parliament Street, enclosing the town and marking the boundary of the settlement. Finds at the Confetti site, to the north of Lower Parliament Street, suggest that this area of Convent Street might have been one of the few industrial sites on the outside of medieval Nottingham’s town defenses. TPA archaeologists have already uncovered boundary ditches and square ditches cut into the underlying rock. Pottery, glass and roof tiles within the ditches indicate strongly that this was a site of medieval pottery production. This gives an important insight into the area immediately outside the town defences - an area generally little known about for the medieval period.  Acting Nottingham City Archaeologist Scott Lomax has called the finds ‘the greatest archaeological discovery within Nottingham city centre of the past decade. I can say this is a very significant discovery. It is an area of the city centre which we know little about and this site will greatly enhance our understanding of what was happening immediately outside the medieval defences more than 600 years ago.’ Trent & Peak is working at the site as part of the construction of a new creative and digital learning space for Nottingham Trent University and Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies. Archaeologists will be proactively encouraging groups of staff and students to visit the site, allowing members of the university to learn more about the significance of the finds. Confetti's director of operations, Greg Marshall told the Nottingham Post that ‘it seems quite appropriate that our new digital media hub could be built on a site where a creative industry was practiced hundreds of years ago’. Find out more
We Dig the Castle 2017   March 2017 Nottingham Castle’s annual trainng excavation returns 17 July - 18 August We’re excited to again be working in partnership with Nottingham City Council, Archaeology Live! and Historic England to offer this unique opportunity to learn hands-on archaeology while being part of Nottingham Castle’s annual excavation. First held in summer 2015, We Dig the Castle is carefully designed to increase understanding of the Castle site while providing high-quality training to anyone interested in learning archaeological skills. New this year is our Saturday training session on 5 August, and our visiting speakers available to book for your group. Group visits to the excvavation and archaeological tours of the Castle site (no digging required!) are also available, and our popular free family day returns on Sunday 23 July. Booking is now open, via our quick, easy and secure online booking system. We’re proud to be part of the national Festival of Archaeology. Read more about We Dig the Castle here
Confetti site Nottingham - update April 2017 Caves untouched for 120 years discovered under the site of the Woodlark Beerhouse Trent & Peak archaeologists, working on the site in preparation for a new media hub, discovered a cave network that was unknown to researchers. Through cave probing, followed by excavation, three entry holes and a paved spiral staircase were discovered. Further work has shown that one cave, linked to the others by a passageway, possibly dates to the middle of the19th century. The caves are rich in artefacts and analysis of these has significantly increased our understanding of the historic use of both the cave system and the ground above.   See inside the caves and read about the artefacts.    
Festival of Archaeology 2017 June 2017 Trent & Peak is delighted to again be part of the CBA’s national Festival of Archaeology Our We Dig the Castle training excavation is back for its third year in 2017 and will again be part of the summer Festival of Archaeology (15-30 July). Co-ordinated by the Council for British Archaeology, the Festival offers hundreds of archaeology events for the community, organised by heritage organisations, museums, parks and societies. We Dig the Castle, TPA’s flagship training excavation at Nottingham Castle, is a unique chance to train in practical archaeology by being part of an excavation at a Scheduled Monument. July is fully booked but the last few places are still available for August.   Our family day on Sunday 23 July - We Dig the Castle! - offers families of all ages the opportunity to get involved in a real life archaeological dig at the world-famous Nottingham Castle. In a fun- filled hour in our trench you’ll be helping us to explore what happened to the site after the medieval castle was swept away in the 1600s. You’ll have the chance to have a dig in our trench, wash and identify finds, and sieve through the spoil looking for artefacts. We’ll also have colouring and activity sheets for really young budding archaeologists. Advance booking required (also includes free entry to the Castle site), by contacting Alison at nottinghamcastle@yorkat.co.uk or on 0115 8967400. Keep up to date with We Dig the Castle news, and follow the excavation.