NEWSLETTER - FEBRUARY 2005

LES BAKER

We are sorry to report that Les Baker was admitted to Poole Hospital in January with acute chest problems and died the next day. His funeral was at Poole Crematorium on the 27th. January. His popularity was such that the crematorium was packed with standing room only. A strong contingent of EDAS members represented the society.

Les was a man of many interests; heading these were archaeology, walking and golf. He was a founder member of EDAS and our first Treasurer, a role which he filled for many years. In earlier years he attended all our functions, whether practical archaeology or social but chest problems put increasing restrictions on him in recent years. Never-the-less, he took continuing interest in our activities and during the recent Badbury dig he visited in his buggy. It was Les who brought our attention to his field walking at Lytchet Matravers which led to Alan Hawkins recently excavating there.

Our sympathies go to Alice and their two sons.

 

AGM – Wed 30th March

The next AGM will soon be upon us. As usual, the business of the AGM will take up only the first half, and will be followed by a talk in the second half by John Gale about Knowlton. We expect this talk by a very popular speaker to draw a crowd, especially as it might include work on the recent excavation assisted by many EDAS members.

In line with our constitution, all the Committee Officers must stand down each year for re-election, and also two of the ordinary members. This year those are Graham Adams and Keith Allsopp, who are both up for re-nomination. You will find a nomination form included with this Newsletter. The current committee is:

Chairman:

John Day

Membership Secretary:

Della Day

Treasurer:

Peter Walker

Programme Secretary:

Steve Smith

Acting Secretary:

Sue Churchill

Special Advisor:

Martin Green

Ordinary Members: Graham Adams, Keith Allsopp, Steve Bungay, Helen Brickell,

Mike Fryatt, Phil Roberts

 

PERSONALIA – Congratulations to Gill

Gill Broadbent has just been awarded a BA Honours degree in Archaeological Studies. Gill’s started the degree at Bristol after learning about the course from Mick Aston when she and Alan were on a guided tour of Santorini. She initially studied some of the subjects through the Open University, and then continued with part time study at Bristol University over 4 years. As part of the course she wrote dissertations on ‘Anglo-Saxons in Dorset’ and ‘Dorset Hillforts’.

It is especially hard to study when still having to work during the week. We heartily congratulate Gill on her commendable achievement. (Gill, you know that we’ll be pestering you to give an EDAS lecture some time!)

 

RECENT EVENTS

Last EDAS Evening Lecture

Gerald Ponting talked about "Artists and Antiquarians at Stonehenge". Gerald had very kindly agreed to step in as the the planned speaker was unavailable. He demonstrated to us that, unlike many ancient monuments which passed into obscurity until very recent times, Stonehenge has always been a source of interest and wonder. Evidence of this can be found in illuminated mediaeval manuscripts, and then later catalogues of the unusual or interesting. It was obvious that some of these catalogues had been produced from the comfort of home, as stylised drawings or paintings, together with errors, had been copied from author to author! In the Victorian times there was a great revival in the romantic and the mysterious, and this caused an explosion in the number of paintings and interest in the (presumed) associated Druids. This lecture was extremely well researched and presented by someone who is a keen archaeologist, author and painter. We thank Gerald for giving us a very interesting lecture at very short notice.

 

Practical Work.

BADBURY RINGS EXCAVATIONS 2004

Quite possibly more Members took part in these excavations than in any other in the Society's history. We are priviledged that Martin Papworth is giving us the opportunity to read his submission of an Interim Report for the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society's Proceedings more that 4 months in advance of publication! The report is included with this Newsletter. There are other notes attached to the report which members might find interesting.

 

EDAS AUTUMN EXCAVATION 2005 - Henge Excavation

Members will be aware that it was intended to excavate a henge in Higgin's Field at Tarrant Monkton last year. However, because of the excavation at Badbury Rings, over the same timescale it was impossible to do both and a decision was taken to postpone the henge investigation.

 

It is hoped to return to Tarrant Monkton, this year. Discussions are at an early stage, but the farmer, Mr Mallett, has kindly agreed to allow us to excavate. His farming calendar, and other factors, indicate that the dig will take place during the period from Sat 17 September to Sun 2 October. Anyone who is interested, might like to pencil these dates in their diary. Further information will be forthcoming a.s.a.p.

  Phil Roberts

 

Help Required with Finds

Della is in communication with Nancy Grace who is asking for help with sorting and marking finds and, if necessary, a bit of pot washing, from Tuesday 15th. March for two weeks. The meeting place is in the store room at Home Farm, Kingston Lacy. Take the Wimborne-Blandford Road, turning left to go by the Pamphill Dairy Shop and the parish church on the right. Continue down the hill, Home Farm entrance is further down on the right. Nancy is looking for four people each week-day. Please contact Della as soon as possible in order that this can be arranged.

Della Day, 2 Wigbeth Cottage, Horton, BH 21 7JJ; 01258-840338.

e-mail john.della3729@virgin.net

 

Edas Field Trip 2005 - Sunday 5th June to Friday 10th June

This year’s trip will be based on Keswick, Cumbria. There will be a little walking, but this will be kept to a minimum and will be mostly flatish (no mountains to cross); see below for proposed itinerary. There will be a meeting at 32 Harrier Drive, Merley on Tuesday 15th March for those who would like to take part in the trip and also those who feel they might like to join us. Please complete and send the application form below, preferably by 18th March, so we can finalise arrangements by the end of the month. However, late comers after this date will be welcome.

The arrangement of accommodation is left to individuals but there is a wide selection available in either Keswick or the surrounding area. Some participants are staying in caravans, others camping whilst others are staying at bed and breakfast establishments. We have copies of the Tourist information booklets with names and addresses, from hotels to camp sites, if anyone wishes to borrow one.

Sunday 5th June: Flat walk to Castlerigg Stone Circle (approx 5 miles). Picnic lunch at the stone circle. Car access for non walkers.

Short easy afternoon walk to St Bega’s church, Bassenthwaite Lake and/or tour of Mirehouse. Afternoon tea at Mirehouse followed by Osprey Watch. Evening picnic at Ashness Bridge

Monday 6th June: Carlisle all day – castle, cathedral and museum.

Optional fish and chip supper in Keswick.

Tuesday 7th June: Conducted tour Senhouse Roman Museum, Maryport.

Lunch at nature reserve by the beach and short walk to Roman milecastle.

Afternoon tea in Cockermouth and visit to Wordsworth’s House (National Trust).

Evening optional slide show on the Lake District at the Moot Hall.

Thursday 9th June: Langdale Valley, site of Neolithic Axe factory, morning coffee at the Dungeon Gyll Hotel and short flat walk up Mickledon. Picnic lunch followed by drive to Hardknott Roman fort. Afternoon probably in Ravensglass and surrounding area. Evening lecture to be arranged.

Friday 10th June : Penrith and area all day, taking in Brougham Castle and Roman fort, two henges and Long Meg and her Daughters. End of trip dinner to be arranged

Any queries please comtact Gill or Allan on 01202 841547 or e-mail allan@redpike.demon.co.uk

Book Review by Barry Perratt

A Dictionary of Old Trades, Titles and Occupations: Colin Waters

(Paperback £12.95p, ISBN 1 85306 794 6)

Some years ago a venerable, non-ecclesiastical, EDAS member told me that an occupation had been listed in a census as a higgler. It took me a month to find out that this was the same as a higger or haggler, and referred to a pedlar with a horse and cart who also bought as well as sold. Had I at that time possessed a copy of this excellent book, I would have saved much time. I now know that a Bell Swagger was a bully or a lewd man, a zythepsarist is a brewer, a fancy man was a Victorian cab driver living off the earnings of certain ladies, and that a harlot was originally a common female servant before she aspired to a more remunaterive profession. In ancient times hospital and battlefield documents listed the sick and injured as caduc and the dead as cadaver. No doubt some of my ancestors bought their bacon from a sawny man, their tool blades from a scindifaber, and their bread on a street corner from a loafer. The second edition, 2002, explains nearly 4000 names and is a truly fascinating store of information. It is well worth the price particularly to those with sciolistic tendencies. Does anybody know of a church that still appoints a sluggard worker?

Barry Perratt.

 

DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

The dates for EDAS events are underlined. The monthly evening lectures start at 7.30pm.

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.

2005

Wed 16 Feb

**Change to the published Programme**

EDAS Lecture: Peter Fenning and David Eales of Christchurch Antiquarians talks on ‘The Archaeology and History of Christchurch Castle’ (See last month’s Newsletter for more details)

(Please note: this is the 3rd Wednesday of the month)

Wed 9 Mar

**Change to the published Programme**

EDAS Lecture: Davina Freedman of EDAS on ‘The Rock Art of Mid Argyll: An Archaeological Investigation’.

Sun 20 Mar

Tour of Christchurch Castle with Christchurch Antiquarians and tour of Christchurch Priory with Mike Beams.

Wed 30 Mar

EDAS AGM, followed by a talk by John Gale about Knowlton.

 

 

 

NOMINATION FORM for EDAS Committee Membership – 2005/2006

To: Sue Churchill (Acting EDAS Secretary), 127, Kingswell Road,

Bournemouth, Dorset, BH10 5DG.

TO ARRIVE BEFORE 5th MARCH

I would like to nominate .......………........ for the post of .………………....................

Signed: ………………………………… Seconded: …………………………………..

Signature of nominee:

 

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FIELD TRIP 2005

I would like to join the Field Trip 2005

Name:………………………………………………………………………………

Address…………………………………………………………………………….

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Tel. No………………………………………………………….

E-mail address……………………………………………………………………..

Please send a cheque for the deposit of £5 per person made payable to G. Broadbent and return slip to A & G Broadbent, 32 Harrier Drive, Merley, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 1XE.