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We are inviting people to explore thousands of years of history at archaeological excavations in Besthorpe Quarry on Thursday 5 August between 10 am and 4pm. The quarry is on Carlton Ferry Lane just north of Collingham, and will be signposted from Collingham.

The free open day is being organised by partners Nottinghamshire County Council as part of the Trent Vale Landscape Partnership. Come along between 10 am and 4pm and you will see some of the best local finds, including Stone Age flint tools, Bronze and Iron Age pottery and Roman building materials, fine glass and imported table-ware.

The Besthorpe excavation is due to finish in 2013 when quarry owner Lafarge Aggregates & Concrete UK will start extracting sand and gravel from the site.  Lafarge is funding the University of Salford to carry out the excavation.

We are very excited about the excavation because it an important local heritage site. Councillor John Cottee, Nottinghamshire County Council Cabinet Member for Culture and Community, said: “Besthorpe Quarry is a large and complex site that was settled from prehistoric to Roman times. It has produced a wealth of information revealing how people from nomadic hunter-gatherers to Romano-British farmers lived in and used this area. Visitors to the open day will be guided round the site by Council archaeologists and will be able to see some of the numerous finds.”

Look forward to seeing you there!

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Sunday 11 April 2010 saw the beginning of the Community Heritage Project in Marton with Lincolnshire County Council. A total of 26 volunteers turned up to have a go at archaeological field walking and metal detecting on a known Roman roadside settlement. Thankfully the weather held out and lots of different types of Roman pottery, roof tiles, coins, and even a prehistoric struck flint were collected. Everyone worked hard and contributed to a successful day.

Sorting artefacts found on the Marton field walk dayThe finds will be sorted and analysed, and the results will be presented to the community on 29 May 2010 in Marton Village Hall from 11am onwards. In November we are hoping to hold an archaeological excavation in Marton on the Roman settlement, in which volunteers from the community are invited to take part. No experience is necessary, as training and supervision will be provided.

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