|Meetings and Activities||
|We shall be digging at Himley in April through May, probably starting on April 8th. We shall also be at Wrottesley and at the Moat Project. Details of individual digs will appear below.
News from last dig|
Next dig Many of us have family commitments over the next few weeks and we won't have enough people to dig test pits. The weather this bank holiday is up to its usual tricks so there won't be a dig on Sunday.
|Next meeting 26/06/2018 Martin Holland, A miscellany of archaeology (videos).|
|Come at see us at:|
Penn History Fair on 8-9/06/18
The Albrighton Moat Project Open Day on 01/07/18
Perton History Fair on 06/10/18
|Staffordshire Egyptology Society next meeting,|
06/06/2018 Dr Nicky Nielsen Exploring the city of the Snake Goddess.
At Staffordshire County Staff Club, 77 Eastgate St. 7:45pm. For more details please click on Sister Societies below.
In the years leading up to 2000, at least 10 of us were taking part in a fieldwork archaeology course. We were trained by a professional archaeologist up to site director level. We had theory lessons in the week and put those into practice at a dig in Gerrards Bromley.
In 2000 the government withdrew funding for lifelong learning so the course closed. We did not! We formed WAG and continued to do archaeology.
By 2011 we had published 31 reports, most of those describing open excavations (test pits had not been invented at that time).
In 2011 Mick Aston taught us how to do test pits on a Time Team dig. That enabled us to investigate the public area at Himley Hall where we found the church belonging to the previous Hall and an earlier church dated from an encaustic tile to the late 13th to early 14th century. Further test pits allowed us to study the extent and nature of the medieval and post medieval Village.
So far, we have written 38 reports and these may be read by selecting the header 'WAG projects' in the panel to the left.
|Carole Griffith's Archaeology for Schools classes.|
|Our Sister Societies|
|Help. Do you know this church furniture? Please click here to view.|
|12/5/2018 Perton Spring Festival We had a great time at this show. There was a steady flow of people and many of them came to our stand. Thanks to Carole and Peter who helped Jan and me with the stand.|
|06/05/2018 Well we didn't dig at Himley, far too hot so we flew the drone at Wrottesley instead. Lovely field of rape but no sign of any crop marks, Perhaps later in the season.|
We had dinner at the monument and discussed how best to record this very complicated structure. Should keep us busy for this year at least.
See it fly|
|19/4/2018 Holy Trinity Church, Heath Town is aiming to build a kitchen and toilet area in the west end of the church and run water pipes from the east end. There is known to be an old heating system running under the centre of the church but|
it does not go near enough to the required spot.
WAG was asked to help, as we could use archaeological techniques to try to find a suspected other tunnel under the north aisle that would give a more suitable route. The centre tunnel gave distinct readings by gradiomentry which were confirmed with the other techniques. This gave us encouragement that we could find other tunnels. We found a possible tunnel under the north aisle which would be ideal as it would lead straight to the proposed kitchen.
The next day, the man who asked us on behalf of the church, found another tunnel entrance behind a wall next to the the first one. This turned out to follow the first one down the centre aisle, and would explain the reading from the gradiometry that indicated it was extra wide, but based on our work he is sure that there is another, as yet undiscovered one to the right of the first two which is the north aisle tunnel so hopefully, the project can begin.
Investigation work is ongoing.
The picture on the left, courtesy of Holy Trinity Church, shows us looking for a tunnel.
|15/4/2018 Test Pit 42. 42 is "The answer to life and everything" also the number of gods whose questions you must answer in the journey to the afterlife according to the|
Thanks to Terry and Jan for the photographs.
|Well we didn't find anything much, not the answer to life and everything but it may indicate the northern limit of the village so that is something useful.|
|8/4/2018 We got the drone up in the air. |
A bit easier to fly now we know
how the controls work but need
|We did not find what we we were looking for.|
The crop marks have not appeared yet.
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