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The fifth edition of our CBA SW Newsletter is a special one, with one very specific focus and that is our forthcoming Annual General Meeting. We have also found room for two items of local news, to illustrate the diversity and geographical spread of our member organisations within the South West region, as well as ever-welcome advice on a possible source of funding and support for local projects. In our next edition we will be providing progress reports on a number of regional initiatives, and we would very much like to include your news! Our editor’s contact details can be found on the back page. restricted to CBA regional members only. By giving as much notice as possible of the date and venue, we hope to encourage both current and prospective members to come along, to find out more about our work over the past year, and to contribute their ideas and energies, as we plan for the year to come.
This year, the AGM of the South West Region of CBA is being held from 10.30 am to 12.30 pm on Saturday 7 May at the Coldharbour Mill, Uffculme, Cullompton, Devon EX15 3EE. The AGM in the morning will be followed by a talk, on a topic yet to be agreed. The day is open to all, but voting at the AGM will be
Coldharbour Mill is an important and living illustration of the history of the textile industry in the South West. It was built by Thomas Fox in 1799 to spin woollen and later worsted yarns, and is a rare example of a Georgian enterprise whose architecture and industrial facilities have survived intact to an impressive degree. It is now run by the Coldharbour Mill Trust, who will host our visit. Tea & coffee will be available, and the restaurant and shop will be open for lunch. In the afternoon, Nigel Wood, who is both
processing and post-excavation work; together with outings, talks and workshops, which this season include a major presentation by Julian Richards.
to find out more about the South Somerset Archaeological Research Group: email web email@example.com www.ssarg.org.uk
a trustee of Coldharbour Mill and a CBA SW committee member, will lead a guided tour of the mill, while another trustee will be on hand to demonstrate the operation of a number of the looms.
for further information about the CBA SW AGM: contact Barry Lane, Chair, CBA SW (for details, see back page) 01884 840960 http://www.coldharbourmill.org.uk
NORTH DEVON ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY: THE WEST YEO FARM PROJECT
In 2009, flint artefacts were found in fields near West Yeo Farm, Witheridge. The farm is recorded as early as 1243, and is located on a south-facing slope just below a ridge overlooking the river Little Dart. There is evidence of a number of interesting features, including a ‘medieval causeway’ leading down to the Little Dart across the river flats, plus a lost chapel, the old road from South Molton to Witheridge, and some abandoned cottages. NDAS therefore decided to undertake a complete archaeological survey of the farm, to include documentary research, earthwork survey, geophysical survey, fieldwalking, excavation and recording. The initial aim of the project was to locate the foundations of the old farmhouse, which had burned down in the late 1800’s. NDAS were delighted to receive a grant of £500 from CBA in September 2009, to purchase a laptop computer on which to store the results of earth resistance surveys. The Society already owned a TR earth resistance meter which had been used successfully elsewhere in North Devon, and had borrowed gradiometry equipment from CBA SW (complete with extensive training!) for use in surveying and training exercises.
for further information about the Coldharbour Mill phone web
THE SOUTH SOMERSET ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESEARCH GROUP
SSARG is a community-based archaeology group run by volunteers. Members carry out a variety of archaeological projects in and around South Somerset, covering periods from the prehistoric to the post-medieval. These operate all year round, and everyone is welcome to take part, from complete beginners to retired professors of archaeology! Activities include excavation, geophysical and landscape survey, finds
Fieldwalking in two fields has produced an interesting collection of Mesolithic flints and a number of rough arrowheads, together with some Neolithic arrowheads, and evidence of quartz working. The number of arrowheads and microliths is taken to indicate that this was a good hunting area. These finds have been analysed and recorded with the help of Ann Plummer, who sadly died in December. Some of them will be on display at South Molton museum from 14 March 2011. The flints will form a separate and significant study and there is more fieldwalking to be done. Various areas of the farm are being surveyed using the Society’s TR earth resistance meter, by Society members old and new, and with support from volunteers from the local community. Results so far clearly show the old byway running down the hillslope towards the river.
and this has produced a couple of Victorian coins, but most of the finds represent farm implements, harnessing and similar items.
Fig 2: The wall revealed in Trench 2, apparently running in a south westerly direction in line with a boundary on the Tithe Map
Fig 3: A cobbled area already exposed, possibly part of the court of the medieval farmhouse
for further information about the NDAS project at West Yeo Farm: contact email web web Derry Bryant, Vice Chair NDAS firstname.lastname@example.org www.ndas.org.uk www.westyeofarm.co.uk
for further information about West Yeo Farm itself: Fig 1: Earth resistance survey results of the meadow South of the farmhouse. The house and garden are the blank area to the right of the picture, the dark lines on the left show the old trackway.
In July 2010 the Society carried out an excavation to the rear of the current farm buildings, in order to locate the foundations of the medieval farmhouse. Three trenches were dug and eventually a coursed wall was found (beyond the reach of the earth resistance survey!). A quantity of pottery was retrieved during the excavation, most of which was North Devon domestic ware, although some sherds of early medieval (13th – 15th century) pot were located close to the wall, as well as during fieldwalking. Some metal detecting has been carried out,
THE COMMUNITY ARCHAEOLOGY BURSARIES PROJECT
CBA is now seeking applications from organisations wishing to host placements as part of the Community Archaeology Bursaries Project. This will fund nine 12 month paid bursary placements per year in support of community archaeology projects.
to find out more about the Community Archaeology Bursaries Project: email web email@example.com www.britarch.ac.uk/community/bursaries/hosting
AND NOW – OVER TO YOU!
We hope that you have enjoyed this special edition of the CBA SW Newsletter, but – more importantly – we hope that you will also become active contributors to future editions. We want the newsletter to contain information about the full range of activities taking place in the region, and we are keen to encourage comments and feedback on the articles; so as well as advertising forthcoming events, we would very much like to include reports from members of the archaeological community who attend these events and want to share something they have learned that may be of general interest. VOLUNTEERS WANTED! We still need volunteers to join the CBA SW committee, which only meets three times per year. If you are interested in finding out more, please get in touch with our Chair, Barry Lane, whose contact details are set out in the box below. SUBSCRIBE TO THE NEWSLETTER; JOIN THE REGIONAL GROUP! If you would like to become a member of the South West regional group, and receive a copy of this Newsletter regularly through the post, please contact the Membership Secretary, Sandy Colby, at 4 Ambion Rise, Market Bosworth, Nuneaton, Warks CV13 0NY; telephone 01455 290271; mobile 07872 559705; email firstname.lastname@example.org. Details of costs and an application form can be accessed via our website at http://www.britarch.ac.uk/cbasw/top/why_join.html. This Newsletter has been produced by the Council for British Archaeology for the South West; independent charity no. 268532. It is published in January, June, and October each year. If you think you may have something of interest to offer, please contact the Editor, Alan Lambourne, (details in the box below) at any time, to discuss issues such as deadlines, format and content. to provide feedback on this newsletter and its contents, or to submit items for a future edition: contact Barry Lane, Chair, CBA SW the Chair email email@example.com address 2 Glencott, The Hollow, Westbury-sub-Mendip, BA5 1HH phone 01749 870457 OR Alan Lambourne, Editor, CBA contact SW Newsletter the Editor email firstname.lastname@example.org address The Old Coach House, 70 East Street, Ashburton, TQ13 7AX phone 01364 654543
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