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North Duffield Conservation and History Society


North Duffield Conservation and History Society were formed in the early 1980's and their main purpose was to maintain the character of the village, to research and record its history, to create an archive of old photographs and to record the memories of the older inhabitants.
North Duffield Primary School pupils field-walking
A small book on the history of the village was prepared and largely financed by its then members. It proved an instance success and several reprints later and much research has resulted in a new version of the villages history being under preparation. Huge amounts of extra information, documents, photographs and effort will, we hope, create a lasting and professional record of the village from, at least, Bronze Age times, until present.
Due to the expertise of some of our members, York Archaeological Trust has invited us to get involved in a land survey to explore the reasons for crop-marks appearing in some soil types and not others. In particular, we will be carrying out field-walking and geo-physical surveys at a point where the lacustrine silts and clays, the wind-blown sands and the alluvium of the Lower Derwent valley come together in a relatively small area conducive to access and known crop-marks.
members of Group with York Uni Students field-walking
The first event off the land survey has now taken place with a fieldwalk which failed to find any indication of human activity other than random scatter of relatively modern pottery,cbm,glass and artefacts from spread of nightsoil. About 25 members of the community and 28 local schoolchildren took part. The children later washed their finds thoroughly enjoying the process.
A second field has now been walked and an interesting scatter of Roman and Medieval pottery collected. Finds washing and sorting still taking place. The school children once again enthusiastically involved.

An ongoing catalogue of 'finds' from residents gardens is being prepared as a compliment to the study.
members of Group doing Resisitivity on the village green
Next events will be:-
'finds' washing for the community at 7.0pm on Wednesday 10th March 2010. Artefacts found when we walked the second of the two fields. Bring old clothes but everything else you will need will be provided. Entry £1 on the door.
geophys survey of the village green which will take place from 10.00am on Friday 26th March.The first part of the survey on 17th February shows a prominent circular feature near the pond and some circular elements to the mound. We hope to complete a large part of the green on this next occasion. fieldwalks as fields become available in early spring 2010. £1 payable for attending.

Next meeting of the Society Tuesday 20th April 2010 7.30pm in the village hall when Dr Jon Kenny of York Archaeological Trust will discuss an update on Hungate Dig. All welcome. £2 entry for visitors , £1 for members with refreshments provided.
This is the last meeting for this season. Meetings will restart in September. There will be various visits to places of interest. Get in touch if you would like details.
members of the fieldwalking teamThe group learning how to use the Resistivity Meter on the village green with the Community Archaeologist

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