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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.
Three further fields have now been walked and an interesting scatter of Roman and Medieval pottery collected. The school children once again enthusiastically involved.

An ongoing catalogue of 'finds' from residents gardens is being prepared as a compliment to the study.
In 2011 we entered the Festival of British Archaeology with a test-pit survey of residents gardens and the village green. The 'dig' conducted mainly by the resients themselves under expert supervision, resulted in similar 'finds' to those from the fieldwalking. However, some significant pieces of Roman pottery suggesting that it was in context and some stones which have been tentatively identified as 'pot-boilers' have created some excitement. We have answered many of the questions we posed prior to the event: where was the original village situated;could we find evidence of early residents etc.

Over the period 21st to 28th July 2012 we excavated over cropmarks in a field North of the village.We had 40 diggers of avrying experience including professionals and experienced amateurs as well as children and residents. We found a ditch and ring-dirtch containing 14 pieces of pottery which, if confirmed as Iron Age, will date the two features.
We also did a 'live' dig in the school playing field with the primary school children which was very well received.
members of Group doing Resisitivity on the village green
Next events will be:-

2012/13 Programme of meetings?speakers
Sept 18th Russell Marwood on English Civil War
Oct 16th Paul Waddington on Pocklington Canal Society
Nov 20th Dorothy Reed on the 7 lost houses of Dringhouses
Jan 19th Dr Margaret Atherden on the Vegetation History of Yorkshire
Feb 19th Margaret Brearley on Cawood Castle Garth
Mar 19th Tony Stevens on Selby Abbey re-visited
Apr 16th Brian Elsey on Archaeology North Duffield update.

If you would like to join the visit please contact us and fuller details will be given. If you need a lift, this can be arranged if you let us know.

All 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.
Archaeology North Duffield, the archaeological wing of the Society, has been successful in winning a HLF Your Heritage grant of £27,500 to fund a three year North Duffield Historic Landscape Project. The first event in this Project was held over the weekend of 16/17th July 2011- Big Village Dig was part of the CBA Festival of British Archaeology. 13 test pits were dug by a combination of householders,children, York University Archaeology students and members of AND supervised by archaeologists from York Archaeologal Trust. The local primary school wass also involved and a Big School Dig was held on 23rd June 2011. Fopr details of the Methodology and the results see our website
During the next 12 months we will be constructing a 5m diameter replica Iron Age roundhouse.
If you are interested in joining any or all of these projects please contact me. at our website..
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