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PostPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2011 9:35 am 
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Draft minutes of last meeting. Don't forget Peter Iles will be giving an illustrated talk tonight on his role as LCC's Special Adviser for Archaeology. Meeting starts at 7.00 at Farmer Parr's Thornton (portakabin behind cafe). New members/ prospective members welcome.




WYRE ARCHAEOLOGY GROUP

Minutes of Meeting 21September 2011 held at Wyrefield Farm Thornton

Present: C Clayton, B Culshaw-Phillips, P Ashman, E Shone, D Hammond,
T Lightbown, H Ricco, S Tingle, D Hampson.

Officers: Chair Chris Clayton, Treasurer Gary Thornton, Secretary Dave Hampson.

1 Chairman welcome: Chris welcomed members to the meeting and special welcome to Paul Ashman attending for first time.

2 Apologies for absence: Brian H, Frank, Michelle, Carlo, Gary, Brian R, Frank, Dave B.

3 Minutes of last meeting 24 August: Approved as correct record.

4 Matters arising:

a Dot Boughton’s PAS Workshop: A number of members attended this activity on 2 September. Despite some initial problems with internet access, the day was enjoyable and instructive. Dot demonstrated how to photograph and describe finds for recording on the PAS database and registered individuals on the system. There are some continuing difficulties with access to the database but it is hoped this will be addressed soon.

5 Treasurer’s Report: Gary is still on holiday but he had previously updated Chris on the status of our account which now stands at approximately £600+.

6 Executive Committee: None.

7 Correspondence: Chris reported an exchange with Barbara Laing (Edge Hill Uni) who is conducting research into the recently exposed ancient forest at Cleveleys and issues related to seal level changes in antiquity. Barbara had enquired if WAG would be willing to endorse her request for funding for research which includes analysis of soil samples from the area. She suggested that although the research might take some time she would be willing to visit the group to talk about the results. It was agreed that DH should contact Barbara to invite her to talk to us somewhat earlier to give us an insight into her project. It was also resolved that DH should follow up Peter Iles and Dot Boughton who had indicated that they would be willing to give talks on their work. Action DH

8 Excavation Update: Chris reported that there had been 2 digs since our last meeting. On both occasions the small team had worked on the Pheasants’ Wood
side of the ‘round house’ area. Due to small number of diggers and limited time on the first occasion, only a 1m2 trench was opened but only revealed loose sand. On the second occasion despite there being no evidence of post/stake holes where they had been expected to appear, the excavation revealed a strange ‘tube’ yellow sand around a core of red clay. When this was lifted it appeared to contain a piece of metal. Chris photographed the find in situ and bagged it up for further investigation. Other finds included a small sherd of unglazed pot, possibly from the rim of a vessel. This was dark grey/almost black on the inside surface but quite sooty in appearance on its external surface. A small fragment of bone was also found at a depth of 30cm. Chris hopes to be able to show these finds to Dot Boughton.

A general discussion followed. We had agreed at our last meeting to come to some decisions about Bourne Hill which continues to provide few tangible pieces of evidence for its habitation. There was a view expressed that it might be worth investigating other areas on the hill, for example a large flat area just below the crest on the leeward side to the north, or possible the several nettle patches that might indicate disturbed soil or organic refuse. The main concern however was that possibly only 5 or 6 weeks remain in the digging season, subject to weather and the number of members available or willing to dig has declined. It was suggested that we might use a mechanical digger to remove turf and topsoil in specific areas to make excavation quicker and easier.

9 AOB: Ted raised the question of potential alternative sites for excavation. Dave B had suggested a number including the Kirkham/Westby area for the ’Danes Pad’. Dave Hammond reported no progress with the Rawcliffe Hall suggestion. It was agreed to keep these in mind for the future. Chris asked if it might be worth renewing links with Wyre Borough Council to keep in touch with developments. DH agreed to ask Peter Iles if he had any contact details. Action DH.

Chris announced that, for health reasons he would need to stand down from the Site Management team. It was agreed that a meeting of the Executive Committee would be arranged to consider this issue. Action DH.

Barbara reminded us of her request for a new display cabinet for the museum. Paul suggested that he would investigate whether a cabinet already in the museum might be made available.

10 Next Meeting:

Wednesday 19 October 7.00pm. Please note earlier start time.

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