The site of New Hirst Mill
At the request of the Shipley Photographs and Memories Facebook Group I am leading guided walk around Hirst Wood and the adjacent area (West Yorkshire, UK) on the afternoon of Sunday 19th July 2015.
The walk will focus on the history and antiquities of the area including the canal, the railway, possible prehistoric walling, and two cemeteries as well as Hirst Wood itself.
The walk costs £3 and starts from the public car park at the bottom of Hirst Lane at 2.00 PM.
Fragments of an early 20th century bowl with a flower Patten
Yesterday I asked children on the project to see what they could find in their own gardens and to bring them into school this morning to see what they might have found. Much of it was what you might expect if you cultivate your own garden: pieces of Victorian teacup, broken plates and the odd fragment of plant pot.
However one child brought in a bag of bits and pieces which contained two large lumps of flint. This came as something of a surprise as there is no natural flint in West Yorkshire. They show no signs of working
Two pieces of flint found in a garden near the school.
but nevertheless are important finds. There is no natural flint in West Yorkshire so these pieces must have arrived here by human agency. The best guess might be that they came from the Yorkshire Wolds sometime in prehistory.
Today we also started gigging. Finds are coming up by the minute. Tell you about them later…
Finds work at Cobden
Today I started work on a short archaeology project at Cobden Primary in Leeds (West Yorkshire, UK). It’s a school that I’ve worked with on several previous occasions offering presentations on dinosaurs, prehistory and archaeology in general. This week it’s time for the real thing: we’ll be carrying out a small scale excavation in the school grounds on Wednesday and Thursday.
Today has been spent in preparation for this. I’ve spoken to the children about how archaeology works and we’ve looked at the type of object that we might expect to find. Tomorrow we’ll be starting the field work. Let’s hope there’s a lot to find…