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Fourth Dig Day – Sunday 28th April 2013

Eight keen volunteers turned up for a nice sunny day’s digging. One of the highlight’s was my mother, Peggy’s 71st birthday – cake all round! She was the last person to be born in Newmarket Farm, but just 6 month’s later her family had to leave so the farm could be used for target practice […]

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Outfarms and Farmyards on the Internet

There is so much written about vernacular architecture, and farms on the Internet. But a lot of it is hidden away amongst commercial and other sites so the good stuff can be hard to find. A quick search recently revealed: Historic Farmsteads: Preliminary Character Statement – South East region Historic Farm Buildings Group Farmsteads Toolkit […]

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Third dig day – Friday 19th April 2013 – “A Sort of Lean-to Conservatory”

Our third dig day was with a select group of four volunteer diggers – the rain first thing may well have put some people off. Luckily it had dried up by the time we started digging, and the sun soon came out! We excavated a 2x2m square on the western side of the south gable […]

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Brighton Bottles

Some people have been asking me how come I seem to know so much about what has been found on our dig. The truth is I don’t really know anything – except that Google can help me find people who do. One such website that I found is: Brighton Bottles | Stoneware & Glass Mineral […]

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Archaeology at the Edge of Chaos

For the academically minded! This paper explores the fuzzy, chaotic, aspects of archaeology – the reasons why I have found the implementation of a recording methodology so difficult. It relates to my studies on the philosophy of science: Archaeology at the Edge of Chaos: Assemblage Issue 3.

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Second Dig Day Highlight Report – Sunday 14th April 2013

After a wet start, the weather cleared up just in time for the arrival of 7 volunteer diggers, mostly from Brighton and Hove Archaeological Society. Access was made much easier for us, for Natural England has now inserted a small wire gate into the fence, for which we are very grateful. Having already dug the […]

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Coals to Brighton

Yesterday I speculated about a probable coal store in Newmarket Cottage. Further research revealed this excellent article on the history of coal use in nearby Brighton, and the local entrepreneur James Corrall: Hove, Portslade and Brighton in the Past: James Corrall of Brighton. From this it appears that coal was significantly used as a fuel […]

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First Dig Day – Sunday 7th April 2013 – Highlight Report

Sunday was a great success. Eight volunteers turned up, including 3 from Brighton & Hove Archaeological Society and their ‘battle wagon’ full of useful tools. The day was sunny and almost warm! The ground was moist but dried once exposed to the drying sunshine. A digging hoe was used to cut through the bramble and […]

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Digging practice with Brighton & Hove Archaeological Society

It is all very well my reading loads of stuff on archaeological methods – whether technique or theory. The core skills of archaeology are gained by practical experience. So on a very cold but mostly sunny Saturday I joined the Brighton and Hove Archaeological Society on their first dig day of the season at Rocky […]

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A cautionary tale – in pictures!

During the clearance work I found another .303 cartridge. The headstamp was pretty dirty and or corroded, and in my ignorance, I tried cleaning it with a brillo pad and some meths. The last picture reveals the red paint has just about all been removed, however both the writing and the firing pin indentation are […]