North Duffield Conservation and Local History Society
The various elements of the Project(see under Heritage Lottery Fund).
In 2011 the group entered our first event in this Project, the Big Village Dig 2011(BVD) into the Council for British Archaeology's -
Planning started immediately with the Methodology of running the event taking precedence. It was essential that the work the group was about to do was conducted to professional archaeological standards. What is more, archaeology by excavation is a destructive process by definition and therefore protocols had to be in place to ensure conformity throughout the event as well as full recording practices as the actual excavation of that particular test-
It was decided to dig each test-
In addition, a further set of instructions was created to inform the diggers on how to proceed and a 'Excavation Kit' was put together which included everything needed to complete the dig, from trowel to all the forms for recording, scale bars and measuring sticks.
It was decided to use the school's offer of the playing field as a testing ground for the methodology and so a separate event was created, the Big School Dig,2011(BSD) not intended to be part of the CBA Festival. (See details under separate heading)
For all forms used and instructions etc see Resources
A photographic record will be made and reports on this page will be made as the construction develops.
The group plan to conduct some trial excavations on one of the fields bearing cropmarks to confirm the existence of archaeology under the soil, to date and identify those features and to discover how deep the archaeology lies below the surface.