Tuesday, 13 November 2012
Last Saturday the Community Archaeology team had a very productive day of field walking with Binham Local History Group. Despite the almost constant drizzle approximately 50 volunteers turned up to search for archaeological artefacts in Field Dalling.
After an introduction to the process of field walking by Dr Richard Hoggett and a quick examination of some of the different things they could expect to find the group set off into the field.
First the volunteers learnt how to set up a grid across the area to be walked, so any finds could be accurately recorded in relation to it. After this the group lined up along the edges of the grid set up earlier by Mr Eric Hotblack. Each section of the grid was 25m², and each square was searched for ten minutes by between eight and ten volunteers. During the day fifteen squares were searched.
Later on the volunteers were treated to delicious cakes and mulled wine back at Binham village hall. All the finds were then given a preliminary clean and were sorted. Amongst the finds there were many sherds of pottery, dating from Roman to post-medieval times, and large quantities of ceramic building material. In addition to this there were several pieces of struck and burnt flint, and there was even a flint tool!
All the volunteers were very enthusiastic, and we hope to see them all back in Binham for the next field walking project which is planned for early next year.