The Young, the Old & the Legacy ...

The Young, the Old & the Legacy ...

SJMF goes on the road!

Today saw the first day of our North West Leicestershire County Council Housing Department Northern Parishes dig in sunny Kegworth.  With background sounds of the weir and airplanes, we set up camp in The Paddocks, a small water meadow next to the river and an open site with the potential to hold artefacts relating to the near by water mill, breweries and just people passing by over time.  It was great to see some familiar faces from last year’s dig returning, as well as plenty of newbies joining in the fun including lots of little people loving the chance to get muddy finding treasures.

With 7 test pits open in total, the variety of finds has been amazing after just one day!  We have seen lots of glass, including a particularly nice chunk of blue glass with easily datable patterns, a bottle fragment with lines to measure medicine dosages and a lovely but mysterious lid/brandy glass bottom which is still raising debate!  Numerous clay pipe stems and sheep “knuckles” found in one pit suggests a meeting of gentlemen, possibly to play a game originating in Roman times using these bones which is similar to the more modern “jacks” and of course there were pottery sherds aplenty!

It was fantastic to have Kegworth’s local experts, Robert and Pat, on hand again to share their local and archaeological knowledge, and we hope the word will have spread and more people will join us tomorrow (and that the rain will stay away!!).  Did you hear us on Radio Leicester by the way??

Check out the Council’s page at http://www.nwleics.gov.uk/pages/housing_events_and_activities or join their facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/NWLDCHousing/139573826055295

Susie and Jen x

 
 

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