Historical Landscape Tutorial & Landscape Survey
Reading the Historic Landscape
Included in the archive below is a picture of Gemma Walker introducing Dr Bond, to the group in the Education Room, last Tuesday. Also below in the file link is a PDF of the introductory lecture on the historic landscape of West Norfolk.
There was a lot of interest from the Gaywood Valley Conservation Group and a number of members attended the tutorial and survey. We hope to be working with them in the future. The workshop at True's Yard looked at topographical maps, Ordnance Survey First Edition 6 Inch Sheets, Domesday Book and artefacts (pottery and lithics from the Society archives), to help people learn how to read features that have been mapped across the Gaywood Valley, and specifically in the area around: Grimston, Gayton, Leziate and Roydon Common.
The workshop was well attended over 18 people booked in, with Norfolk Wildlife Trust. This workshop and this week's at Sugar Fen were part of their Gaywood Valley Living Landscape HLF project that is coming to an end. see www:
A link to the Gaywood Valley Living Landscape project website can be found Here
On Tuesday 4th August Dr Bond, the society chairperson, hosted a survey workshop on the house platforms and holloway, that represented the deserted hamlet on Sugar Fen, of 'Wyvelling'. Delegates who registered interest with Norfolk Wildlife Trust, resulted in an attendance of over 20 people, including some Archaeological Society members.
After setting up a baseline, people measured under supervision the house platforms and depression (quarries out platforms?). Teams also measured a series of transects using the optical sight, so to get the rise and fall of the earthworks, including a succession of profiles of the Holloway.
The site NHER 3324- see Link . Sugar Fen is the location of the J. O. Nicholas excavation in 1963, where a low mound with ditch was excavated. It yielded a ring of stake-holes, interpreted of huts. However, Leah (1994), indicates a more plausible explanation - perhaps some form of processing/wood coppicing or firing and pottery production site. Pottery of Thetford ware, and Grimston green-glazed ware was recovered and is retained in the Archaeological Society Archives.
Members of the newly established Gaywood Valley Conservation Group attended this event, and also a 'Reading The Historic Landscape of West Norfolk' workshop Dr Bond delivered at True's Yard. The group are keen to link with the Society for more fieldwork and study.
Links to Gaywood focused websites:
- Norfolk Wildlife Trust's Gaywood Valley page: Link to Gaywood
- Gaywood Conservation Group who are keen to work with our society on sites: Link to webpage
- Further information about Gaywood Valley:Gaywood Valley
- Link to information about True's Yard who hosted the event: True's Yard
References & Links
Leah, M. 1994. The Late Saxon and Medieval Pottery Industry of Grimston, Norfolk: Excavations 1962-92. Dereham: East Anglian Archaeology Report No. 64.
Northern Journeys: Medieval Anglo-Norwegian Trade, in Good Times and Bad (17th April 2018)
Dr. James Barrett, Reader in Medieval Archaeology and Leverhulme Major Research Fellow at Cambridge University.
The program of lectures for the next season can now be found under the 'Lectures' tab above.
Starting in May the society will be working with the council to deliver a programme of community archaeology in the Gaywood area. Let Clive know if and when you will be able to help in supporting local people explore the history of their area.
Special Public Lecture (with cheese and wine)
Dr Clive J Bond will be taking about Seahenge which was discovered ten years ago. The lecture is to raise money for the RNLI, and is at King's Lynn Town Hall on Friday, 27th April, at 6pm. Tickets are for sale at the Custom House, Lynn, or the RNLI Hunstanton shop, Old Hunstanton beach.
WNKLAS In The News
The society has been in the local Newspapers recently in coverage of the conference to celebrate our 50year anniversary and also the presentation to John Smallwood one of the founders.
Society Conference (25th November 2017)
Was held at Marriott's Warehouse Trust on Saturday 25th November. The subject was 'Women in the Archaeology and History of West Norfolk: Female Voices Across Time'.
King John's Treasure
The society's investigation of a local farm contributed to a programme made for US television as part of the Expidition Unknown series. This systematic survey of an area that was a likely route for the Royal Treasure was also the subject of a recent lecture evening.