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 Post subject: Minutes of Meeting 16 May
PostPosted: Wed Jun 20, 2012 8:06 am 

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Minutes of Wyre Archaeology Group Meeting 16 May 2012
Present: P Ashman, D Berry, D Hammond, D Hampson, B Rigby, H Ricco, G Thornton, S Tingle.
1. Chairman welcome: Vice –chair Dave Hammond welcomed everyone to the March meeting.

2. Apologies for absence: received from C Clayton, B Culshaw-Phillips, K Emery, Pat Emery, Carlo Ricco, Ed Shone, Frank Smith, Seb Whalley.

3. Minutes of last meeting: Chair read minutes of 21 March meeting which were approved as correct.

4. Matters arising: a) Big Dig/Bruna Hill, b) Nateby, c) Highgate Lane: Gary reported that he had surveyed by metal detector the entire are of Bruna Hill without result. He reminded members that a detector generally only penetrates the top 10 “ of the ground so that deep lying metal objects may not be discovered. However he felt it likely that the area had previously been investigated as he did find a metal ranging pole similar to those we use. Dave Berry and Chris undertook to dig some test pits and were able to dig down to naturals and leading to the conclusion that the hill is a natural drumlin. The implications for a Big Dig here being fairly negative, the recommendation was that we don’t undertake further work on this site although the landowner may be able to suggest other potential sites nearby e.g. an old mill.
Gary favoured a completion of work on Bourne Hill while Dave Hammond felt that Highgate Lane merited more work and this received some support from members. Dave Berry reported that he and Chris had examined some of the features at Nateby but were now wondering if they were simply old farm workings. Other possibilities include Mains Hall but the suggested investigation near to Carleton Crematorium seems to be inappropriate as the ‘earthworks’ are probably drainage ditches.

It was suggested that Secretary contact Peter Iles and/or David Ratledge to seek their advice on potential sites also to investigate cost of GPR or similar survey equipment.

5. Treasurer’s Report: Gary reported that he had received 16 subs and 2 ‘juveniles’ up to 19 April bringing account to a balance of £552.81. Hilary mentioned a car boot sale taking place on 27 May.

6. Executive Committee: None

7. Correspondence: DH reported that he had received an email from David Shotter apologising for his delay in responding which had been due to illness but he offered to speak to the group early next year on his recovery. David Ratledge had agreed to speak to group at the next meeting.

8. Excavation Update: Brian R reported that in further excavation, two more small trenches had been opened but there were few finds: pieces of cannel coal, brick, fire-marked stone and possible daub had been found together with a piece of unidentifiable metal. Traces of a burned upright stake about 2.5” in diameter were noted. Practically all the circumference of the postulated ‘round house’ had now been excavated.

9. AOB: Display case: Items are now on display but information leaflets needed.
DH had produced a press notice that he had sent to the publishers of ‘Link FY6’ magazine. It was suggested that this could be made into poster form for display at local museum, library etc. DH agreed to undertake this.

10. Date of next meeting: Wednesday 20 June at 7.00pm in Dance Studio.


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