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Segelocum Archaeology Project 2017-10-13T20:30:11+00:00
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SEGELOCVM ARCHAEOLOGY PROJECT

Roman Town of Segelocum

Please be aware that the site of Segelocum is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, as such the only Archaeology work that can be conducted MUST be in accordance with law covering Scheduled Ancient monuments. For example it is a criminal offence to carry out metal detecting without the permission of English Heritage.

For guidance on the law please see: Guidance for landowners, occupiers and tenant farmers in England and Wales

Summary of archaeology on 11th & 12th Jan 2017;

  • 5 auger holes along the road; collection technique taught, samples collected, auger locations plotted in with GPS.
  • Grid pegs laid out across the set-aside area and the field with the stubble.
  • 3.5 grid squares have been fieldwalked, and 231 find spots marked with GPS.  This represents in excess of 250 sherds.  There were definite patterns evident.  Most of the material was functional Roman greywares, but there were also a few pieces of colour-coats and Samian, which represent high status finewares.
  • There was very little modern pottery; the most ubiquitous was clay pigeon fragments which were not collected.
  • There was at least one fragment of green-glazed Medieval pottery.
  • Work is currently being planned to wash and identify each piece and photograph the best ones.

First look at the Roman Archaeology.

July 2017 we dug the first 3 test pits. The results were outstanding, just over 1 metre deep we discovered a Roman courtyard floor made from stone and animal bones. Above that layer were many sherds of Roman Pottery that are currently being analysed by experts. Equally exiting is that we have now confirmed that some of the pottery is from the 10th century, little is known of the occupation of Littleborough during “Five Boroughs” era other than it’s strategic position would have necessitated occupation. We now have proof positive of this, and the team are very exited about the prospects of discovering more. Sadly no coins were found, which is a disappointment as they would have given firm dates to consider. Many thanks to our Archaeologist Emily Gillott for organising this brilliant few days.  More information and photos are available on the Facebook Segelocum Group.

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Stone Amnesty Survey

The idea behind this is that there must have been a lot of stonework associated with the Roman town, and the likelihood is that some of this will have been reused in and around the Sturton Ward Villages near to Littleborough.  If you have stonework in your garden or local area, we would like to see it!  There’s a chance some of it might be Roman.  We would like to photograph and record as much of the stonework around the village as possible.  If you have something you think might be of interest, please get in touch. Please email us on admin@sturtonward.org.uk  A brief description and location would suffice, we will then contact you.

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Initial findings from the geophysical survey

 

During December the HLF funded geophysical work was carried out at Segelocum and in the surrounding area.  The work was led by Trent and Peak Archaeology and carried out by volunteers from the area and beyond, in some cases in rather inclement weather.  Two types of survey were carried out.  The main type was magnetic survey, which looks for subtle changes in the earth’s magnetic field.  It can cover a wide area fairly quickly, and can detect the presence of walls, ditches, industry, but it is susceptible to interference from stray metal objects.  The other was electrical resistance survey, which detects changes in how an electrical current passes through the soil.  This technique is slower but is not prone to interference in the same way as the magnetic technique.

The raw data collected in December now has to be processed, analysed and interpreted, so the final results won’t be available until early February.  The team at Trent and Peak have sent the following initial comments about the survey:

‘The magnetic survey was more successful than the electrical-resistance, and with its greater extent has produced some exciting results. We have a fairly clear plan of the Roman town, particularly within the Scheduled area, and can define the line of the Roman road heading west from Segelocum towards Doncaster.’

We’re really pleased to hear that it has worked so well, and look forward to being able to share the results with you in due course.

Archaeological interpretation plan of geophysical survey results

Archaeological interpretation plan of geophysical survey results

Archaeological interpretation plan of geophysical survey results

Greyscale plot of geomagnetic survey results

Greyscale plot of geomagnetic survey results

Greyscale plot of geomagnetic survey results

The meeting on the 28th June was very well attended with 74 of our volunteers. Dave Langmead introduced the speakers and gave an outline of the evenings events.

Sam Glasswell from Bassetlaw Museum displayed a collection of original artefacts from the previous excavations at Segelocum.

Paul Johnson of Trent and Peak Archaeology explained the complexities of what had been discovered by the geophysical surveys. This included the images above that clearly show a small sample of the scheduled monument site.

Ursilla Spence, Notts County Council Archaeologist, presented the best options of progressing and finding out more about the site. This involves a consultancy process with both the Heritage Lottery Funding and English Heritage.

Emily Gillot from Notts Archaeology described how the project should be managed to gain the maximum from the current funding. She also requested people who live around the villages to send in photos of any stonework etc. from their properties that could have been previously used as construction material at Segelocum.

Simon Savage from Pre Construct Ltd. Gave an overview of what is planned next, this will include field walking and trenching at targeted areas. Full details of these events will be sent out when volunteers are needed.

Excellent catering was provided by the Yellow Bus Catering Company.  YellowBus

Update – August 2016

We’ve had a little setback in planning the excavation at Segelocum; nothing major! Just a little issue with manure that we have to work around, can you believe?! 😀 It means that the excavation we had planned will have to be delayed until after the next crop. But we’ve been in discussion with the group, farmers, Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic England and many others (the photo is one of the many meeting we’ve had over the past week!)….

…..don’t worry, we have plenty to do over the next few months! The fieldwalking will begin as planned as soon as one of the target areas is in a suitable state. In addition we are going to do an auger survey; this involves taking core samples dug from the earth using what is essentially a giant corkscrew. This will help us to get a better handle on the depth of overburden, flood deposits, occupation layers etc. It will also help us to understand if there is potential for preserved organic remains.

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Images from the Geophysics Survey on 20th September 2017

Geophysics – Sturton Le Steeple – 20th September

We really enjoyed this informative day.  We learnt a lot about the various techniques of Geophysics, the practical uses and the software used to identify what was happening below the surface.  Not only did we learn a lot, we laughed a great deal.

Everyone had the opportunity to use the equipment and we are looking forward to using the trolley and different equipment later this week.

It was fascinating to hear about other projects; such as the WW1 battlefields and the Maid of Harlech.  It helps set the Segelocum project in context and explores other uses.

A thoroughly enjoyable day.  Thank you.

Jackie, Segelocum Volunteer

18 Comments

  1. MR JEFFREY LEWIS THOMAS 21st August 2016 at 1:27 am - Reply

    I love this aerial shot on the sides. Shame we can’t see all of it. Any chance you could show the whole thing?

    • Steve 21st August 2016 at 10:29 pm - Reply

      Hi Jeffrey,

      Right click on the image and save a copy… we will be putting lots more images in a gallery soon so watch this space.

  2. Steph. 29th June 2016 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    Very good meeting last night at Sturton Hall. Well presented report and excellent facilities. The food from the Yellow Bus Catering was first class.

  3. Peter Ainsworth 15th June 2016 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    i would like to become a volunteer how can I do this?

    • Steve 15th June 2016 at 8:01 pm - Reply

      Hi Peter,

      Just subscribe to our list using the form above: Once we know dates for the field walking etc. we will let everyone know. Hope you can make the presentation on the 28th at Sturton Hall!

  4. Steve 14th June 2016 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    Meeting is now scheduled for Tuesday 28th June at Sturton Hall, Brickings Way, Sturton Le Steeple. Look out for more details via email

  5. Chris Cole 2nd June 2016 at 8:33 pm - Reply

    Hi Steve. Really looking forward to seeing the results. Can’t wait to see how they compare with the aerial photos. If you need any help with things please don’t hesitate to ask.

    • Steve 2nd June 2016 at 9:23 pm - Reply

      Thanks Chris, we are currently plotting a presentation of the results and what we are planning next. We should be able to give some firm dates very soon. At the presentation we will be asking for volunteers again. Sorry for the delay, the survey analysis has taken much longer than expected but it should be finished now? I will send an invite out via the mailchimp when the dates are confirmed.

  6. John Wade 31st May 2016 at 5:03 am - Reply

    Any further details available yet on the geophysics survey? The last comment was back on 3 March.

    • Steve 1st June 2016 at 1:38 pm - Reply

      The Survey results should be ready this week. Sorry for the delays but we are getting there.

  7. Paul Green 18th April 2016 at 8:03 pm - Reply

    How do I register my interest to be a volunteer for the archaeological dig?

    • Steve 18th April 2016 at 9:18 pm - Reply

      Hi Paul,

      All you need to do is subscribe using the form above. This is a fully automated system. When subscribed you will receive news and updates etc. via email. We are currently in the process of organising a presentation of the results so far at Sturton Hall. We will let all subscribers know when this will take place. We will also be compiling a list of volunteers to be involved in test pitting and field walking both via email and at the presentation.

      • Paul Green 16th June 2016 at 5:23 pm - Reply

        Hi Steve, I see that the meeting is on the 28th June – the only night I have tickets booked for a show – so can I register my interest as a volunteer with my Dad? I’d hate to miss out because I can’t make the meeting. Thanks

        • Steve 16th June 2016 at 7:00 pm - Reply

          Hi Paul, sorry you can’t make the meeting. All you need to do is sign up to our subscriber list using the form on: http://www.sturtonward.org.uk/segelocum-archaeology-project/
          You will be kept fully updated that way, we will put a “call to action” out to everyone on this list when things are firmed up.

          Thanks for your support.

  8. Robin Minnitt 26th March 2016 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    I have been interested in the Littleborough area for over 60 years and would like to receive updates on the research.

    • Steve 26th March 2016 at 3:13 pm - Reply

      Hi Robin,

      Welcome aboard,
      To receive updates all you need to do is subscribe using the form above. It’s a fully automated system and this will send you details of any updates via our MailChimp account. Alternatively subscribe to our Blog on http://www.sturtonward.org.uk/blog-3/ this will include project updates as well as all other posts.

    • Emily Gillott 17th August 2016 at 1:52 pm - Reply

      Hi Robin, Emily here! I came to see you with my colleague Lorraine some time ago to chat to you about your work across this area. It was a pleasure to meet and talk with you, and I’m so pleased you’re following the project!

  9. Steve 3rd March 2016 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    Latest news from the Geophysics is that the surveys have shown excellent results. These are taking a little longer than anticipated to analyse because of the scope and complexity. We will keep this website updated as the results become available.

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