NEWSLETTER - MARCH 2004

PERSONALIA
One of our members, Anita Hawkins, has been in hospital recently for an operation. We are pleased to report that Anita is doing very well and making a swift recovery. We send her our best wishes.

RECENT EVENTS
At our last evening lecture Ian Hewitt, of Bournemouth University, gave us a talk on ‘Aspects of Dorset’s Medieval Archaeology’. Ian had been doing some research near Wareham at Holton Lee and had noticed a couple of small, distinctly shaped enclosures. These had been held directly by William de Braose at Domesday, and it was most unusual for a person of his standing to hold such small parcels of land directly. Ian had a hunch that there must have been a reason for this. Norman Field had previously researched this area, and had suggested that these two enclosures were the remains of Roman Marching Camps. Ian’s first action was to check this existing idea out, and a subsequent excavation found evidence of ditches, but certainly not Roman military ones. The evidence pointed towards the medieval, and in trying to find the sites of any historic settlement Ian found that there were two villages of East and West Holton shown on contemporary and later maps, with West Holton still preserved as a farm house. Ian chose to excavate nearby this in the archaeological ‘shelter’ of a field boundary, and found large quantities of medieval pottery, but it was 13th C and not of the late Norman /early medieval period. Work has stopped now until next year, but this site promises to be very interesting whatever the answer turns out to be.

We thank Ian for a very interesting and informative presentation, and for showing us how the professionals do it!

FORTHCOMING EVENTS
Sun 28 March: Walk around Hambledon Hill with Gill & Alan Broadbent.
An easy morning walk to start the walking season and blow away the winter cob-webs,taking in Hambledon Hill Iron Age hill-fort. A walk of approx. 4½ miles with one steady ascent and lovely views (weather permitting). Meet at Iwerne Courtney and park in the lay-by opposite the church at 10.30 am (ST860124). The leaders will be taking lunch in the local pub.If in doubt about the weather phone Gill and Allan on 01202 841547.

(I thought we would start with a short walk in view of adverse comments about long ones in the past and in case the weather is not too good. The going underfoot should not be too bad even if it has rained recently as it is on the chalk.)

The Myncen Farm Time Team Dig
Just in case not all of you know, the Time Team programme on Myncen Farm has been resheduled for Sunday 28th March 2004 (it was meant to be in August). Put it in your diaries! (the same day as the EDAS walk above).

EDAS AGM
Don’t forget that we have also have the AGM on our second meeting in March, so please do come along. In the second half Martin Green will be telling us about the archaeology of Peru.

Membership Fees
If you have not renewed yet this year then please see a member of the Committee, or fill in the Standing Order form supplied with a recent Newsletter.

Walks Programme 2004-05
Do you like walking? If so would you be interested in leading a walk for EDAS members? Traditionally, walks have been once a month on a Sunday, but could be on a Saturday if more convenient for the leader. The walks can be any length, but 5 to 8 miles is the norm. We still need to fill a number of dates for the new programme running from May 2004 to April 2005.

If you are interested, please contact Peter Walker on 01425 471326 or email him at peterdwalker@dsl.pipex.com

Practical Archaeology
Please see the enclosed application form if you are interested in digging at Badbury in September. The form has more details about the dig.

Newsletter Delivery
Thank you to all those who have replied to say that they would like to receive their Newsletter by e-mail (20 members); nearly all preferred this to downloading it from the EDAS web-site. However, I cannot sent it out this month as there are several paper attachments with it. However, I intend to send the April Newsletter out to you all the weekend before the meeting (Sun 11th). This will be the first test of the system, and anybody who doesn’t get it or can’t open it properly can then e-mail me in time to have a paper copy sent while any teething problems are sorted out. (For your information, all my incoming and outgoing mail is fully virus checked, and I keep the anti-virus system fully up to date.) If you have any questions ring me on 01305 853935, or e-mail me.
Graham

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

The dates for EDAS events are underlined. The monthly evening lectures start at 7.30 pm.
Walks and field visits usually meet at 10.30 am at the published Grid Reference. Ring the leader if the weather is doubtful or if more details are required.

Wed 24 Mar AGM. and then a lecture 'Peru. Past and Present' with Martin Green of EDAS.
Sun 28 Mar Walk around Hambledon Hill with Gill & Alan Broadbent. See earlier for details.
Wed 14 Apr EDAS Lecture: 'Poole Harbour - England's First International Port of Trade' with Eileen Wilkes of the School of Conservation Sciences.
Wed 12 May EDAS Lecture: 'Pyrolithic Technology: A new look at burnt stones' with Trevor Steptoe.
Sun 18 Apr Walk with Alan Hawkins.