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Boston Spa Archaeology & Heritage Group

posted 5 Jun 2011, 05:44 by Paul Brayford   [ updated 18 Jul 2011, 07:18 by Forum CBAYorkshire ]
The Boston Spa Archaeology & Heritage Group was founded in 1999 after an an article in the parish newsletter suggested that local people might want to investigate the archaeology of their own area, rather than watching the experts on the television.
The group has developed an active programme of fieldwork. They have discovered a prehistoric flint-knapping site, successfully obtaining grant funds from the Local Heritage Initiative to carry out extensive research. They have also mapped and investigated medieval earthworks including ridge and furrow, a medieval ford and a sheepwash in the district.

They have a lively programme of events including experimental archaeology, visits and talks.

The group's latest project began in 2009 when they noticed how many gateposts were gradually disappearing with changing agricultural practices and redevelopment of houses. They want to find out more about this, raise awareness and record examples before they are lost. See more at http://www.bsparch.org.uk/gateposts/gatepost1.htm

The Group would be very interested in hearing from anyone who has an interest in or is researching old flax retting sites. They are excavating and recording Dam House in Boston Spa. Decriptions and photographs can be found at the end of the 'Heritage Trail' on their website: www.bsparch.org.uk