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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:-

Programme for the 2010/11 period is as follows:

Tues 15 th March 2011 Mr G Webb on Fairfax House, York
Tues 19th April-Dr Chris Tuckley on 'Jorvik- The Viking town of York'
ll meetings are in the village hall and start at 7.30pm
£2 entry for visitors , £1 for members with refreshments provided.
New members and guests are always welcome.
We are conducting a Big Village Dig for the weekend of 16/17th July 2011 as part of the CBA Festival of British Archaeology. Over 20 residents have volunteered a 1x1m square for test -pitting in their gardens. York University students will help with expertise and excavation where the householder is unwilling or unable to it themselves. The local primary school is also involved and a Big School Dig will take place prior to the end of term. Anyone interested in getting involved please email or ring me on 01757 288939

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