Kelmscott Community Archaeology: School Outreach 2023

Students excavating one of the Manor Farm field’s evaluation trenches

During the second year of our three-year Community Archaeology Research Programme (CARP), which we are undertaking on behalf of the Society of Antiquities at Kelmscott, Oxfordshire, 29 local Farmor’s School students (now in Year 8) and 4 school staff returned again to learn more about the village’s history and to take part in further activities after their…
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Kelmscott Community Archaeology: Searching for an ancient settlement

Senior Project Officer, Chris talks to volunteer Debbie about the finds from the ditch she is excavating at Kelmscott Community Archaeology

The second season of the Kelmscott Community Archaeology Research Programme (CARP) continued with an archaeological trial trench evaluation of two fields in the village. The evaluation built on the results of last year’s test pit excavations with volunteers and local schools, magnetometer and resistivity geophysical survey by the South Oxfordshire Archaeological Group (SOAG), and this…
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Kelmscott Manor Community Archaeology: Archaeological survey

Volunteer, Matt, inputting measurement and photographical data into Field Maps

The second season of Kelmscott Manor’s Community Archaeology Research Programme (CARP) has begun! Following on from last year’s test-pit excavations with volunteers and local schools, we’re now excavating a series of evaluation trenches at key areas in the surrounding village, to identify archaeological activity and evidence of earlier settlement. In preparation for this fieldwork, thirteen…
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Kelmscott Community Archaeology: our second and third test-pitting weekends

Our July test-pitting staff and volunteers at the local pub, The Plough

Following on from our initial test-pitting weekend in April/ May, as part of the Kelmscott Manor Community Archaeology Research Programme (CARP), two further test-pitting weekends took place during June and July. With the help of 34 volunteers and a local Young Archaeologists’ Club, unfinished test pits from our first weekend were re-opened and new ones…
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Kelmscott Community Archaeology Programme: School’s Outreach

Caroline Adams and Hannah Britton checking artefacts found by St Lawrence’s pupils

During the first year of our three-year Community Archaeology Research Programme (CARP), which we are undertaking on behalf of the Society of Antiquities at Kelmscott, Oxfordshire, we’ve been working closely with two schools nearby, giving them an opportunity to find out more about the archaeology of their local area. Students from St Lawrence’s C Of…
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Kelmscott Community Archaeology: our first test-pitting weekend

Finlay and Richard starting their test pit in one local resident’s garden

Following on from the launch of the Kelmscott Manor Community Archaeology Research Programme in March, the first of three test-pitting weekends took place at the end of April to uncover more information about the village’s past. With support from local residents and a team of volunteers, four test-pits were excavated – three in private gardens…
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Kelmscott Before Morris

Kelmscott Manor, as viewed from the air

Discovering the history of Kelmscott Manor through community archaeology Our three-year Community Archaeology Research Programme (CARP) centred on Kelmscott Manor – the retreat of inspirational Victorian craftsman, textile designer, and writer William Morris – will be starting this weekend. Working in partnership with the Society of Antiquaries, we’ll be undertaking test-pit excavations, fieldwalking surveys and…
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