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julian witBlandford Museum Archaeology Club

 Blandford Archaeology Group was started in December 2011 under the Blandford Schools and Community Dig project, which was funded by a grant from Heritage Lottery to the Blandford Museum. The group was formed out of an Archaeology course that was organised by archaeologist, Julian Richards, Ancient Technology Centre Manager, Luke Winter and Blandford School teacher, Bruce Hansen.

 The club was formed after the course finished and has formalised its affiliation with the Blandford Museum. We meet at the museum on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 7:30pm, unless there is a field trip organised. New members are most welcome. The annual membership fee is £10, which provides a museum membership, with the Archaeology Club as your main interest (and membership fees going to support club activities).

Currently we are digging at Bryanston School, which is proving to be very interesting and a good hands-on learning experience, as well as great fun! While the dig will close down over the winter months, talks by professional archaeologists and experienced amateurs will continue. We also will be arranging trips of archaeological and/or historical interest. With the return of Spring, we will start digging again! Watch the museum calendar for our upcoming activities. 

Photos show (top to bottom): Fieldwork with Julian Richards (above), digging at Bryanston School, digging at Bryanston School, Quiz Night Fundraiser in 2016, visting Martin Green's Farm and Museum.



Arch Bryanston dig 1Arch Bryanston Dig 2Arch Quiz 2016Arch Martin Greens 2016


Blandford Archaeology Group Report  November 2017

 Our season started brilliantly with Lilian Ladle in September talking about Hadrian’s Wall with her wonderful enthusiasm.  The room was full.   Could we maintain that level of interest in the coming months?  Yes, we did.  The room was full to overflowing for Paul Cheetham’s Talk about the Roman Lake Farm fortress site in October, and when Julian Richards spoke of “6,000 years of pottery” in November.  All incredible Speakers, and for each we had very many people saying how much they enjoyed it.

Also in November on the 21st, we had Coirstaidh H Trevarthen, the Portable Antiquities Finds Officer, together with Claire Pinder, Senior Dorset Archaeologist, examining and identifying Finds from the public in our Museum, and that was a very happy and successful event.  There were more than 30 items evaluated, within 10.30 a.m. until 1 p.m. from Iron Age, to Roman, to Medieval, to Georgian and Victorian, and consisted of coins, brooches, a ring, metalwork, glass bottles, horse paraphernalia, buckles, buttons, oyster shell, worked bone and pottery.  Most of them were from Parishes around Blandford where there are fields to walk.  For the next valuation in March  (date yet to be determined) we hope there will also be more items dug from gardens in Blandford, which may be at quite a depth — frequent fires over centuries would have raised the ground level.

 On Thursday 18th January, 2018, Steve Wallis, the joint Senior Archaeologist of Dorset C.C. will be telling us of the Archaeology of the South Dorset Ridgeway, much of which overlooks the sea.  It is an area that many of us are not familiar with Archaeologically, and want to know more.  Then just over a week later on Saturday 27th January at 7 p.m. in the Parish Rooms, we will be holding our annual general knowledge Quiz and Fish Supper. (Phone 01258 452831 to book a place, £8 per person.)  Julian Richards has agreed to be M.C. again, and so it should be another lovely fun evening.

 February, Thursday 15th, 2018  Lawrence Shaw will tell us of “Shedding light on the New Forest History—the results of LIDAR and other surveys”.   LIDAR can show aerial photos from which the vegetation is stripped, making us aware of previously unknown sites.

 On Thursday 15th March, ,2018 our Edrys Barkham will explain the results she has had from the “Bryanston digs”, and what she hopes can be achieved in the coming year.  It will be followed by our A.G.M.   Members of our group dig at Bryanston, and have another possible site to field walk in due course.

 In April, on Thursday 19th, 2018, Mike Allen, the Environmental Archaeologist, will talk on “Discoveries at Wor Barrow”  from interpretation of items within the soil.

 Thursday 17th May, 2018,  Adrian Green of Salisbury Museum will speak about the life of “General Pitt-Rivers”  who did much work locally and on Cranborne Chase.

 Our events are listed in Forum focus, and on the Museum Notice Board, as well as other places.

 The Talks start at 7.30 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m., and are free, but we hope you will give a donation.  For more details phone 01258 452831.

 Do come to our Talks; everyone is invited.