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Westbury Society

The Westbury Society project in a field called Sleight was highly commended in the Marsh Archaeology Award 2007 competition.

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The Society's desk research, fieldwork and geophysical survey on Westbury Sleight, Somerset uncovered a prehistoric platform cairn and remnants of a prehistoric field system on the Mendips. To download a pdf version of the report please right-click here
and 'Save Target As...' or 'Save Link As...' to download (c2MB).

A Roman whetstone
A Roman sandstone whetstone from Cowleaze (c.6cm high)

We have recently been fieldwalking in Cowleaze and found a Roman rural workshop.
To download a pdf version of our report please right-click report.doc.pdf here and 'Save Target As...' or 'Save Link As...' to download (c848Kb).

Back-filling the excavation in December 2008

Our most recent success was the discovery of a post-medieval Q-pit or whitecoal hearth within the former medieval deer park. Whitecoal was used as a fuel from the 16th century in the smelting of lead on Mendip and this is a first for Somerset. Charcoal samples from the pit were recovered and will be submitted for Carbon-14 dating, with the help of a small grant from the CBA Challenge Fund. To download a pdf version of our report please right click report.pdf here.

An earlier earthwork survey in woodland called Knyftons Firs revealed medieval field banks.
Knyftons Firs fields
To download a pdf version of this report please Quark.pdf right-click here and 'Save Target As...' or 'Save link As...' to download(c252Kb).

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  Attachment Size Date Added
      Q-Pit report.pdf   1.36 MB   4/12/2009 9:54 am
      charcoal platform final 150pix.jpg   28.24 KB   4/12/2009 11:06 am
      fill the Q-pit.jpg   1.38 MB   4/12/2009 10:19 am
      Westbury_Arch2.jpg   18.87 KB   11/07/2008 2:26 pm
      whetstone40.jpg   30.79 KB   11/07/2008 2:26 pm
      fill the Q-pit610.jpg   233.87 KB   4/12/2009 11:02 am
      Charcoal report.pdf   1.28 MB   4/12/2009 9:57 am
      WS TREES archaeology report.pdf   1.58 MB   4/12/2009 9:56 am
      Cowleaze report.doc.pdf   846.6 KB   11/07/2008 2:26 pm
      Westbury_Arch1.jpg   13 KB   11/07/2008 2:26 pm
      fill_Q.jpg   110.61 KB   6/07/2010 10:48 pm
      old tree?400.jpg   219.84 KB   4/12/2009 11:06 am
      Westbury_Arch3.jpg   23.56 KB   11/07/2008 2:26 pm
      Westbury_Sleight_report.pdf   1.93 MB   11/07/2008 2:26 pm
      whetstone100.jpg   38.93 KB   11/07/2008 2:26 pm
      KFirs Quark.pdf   250.75 KB   4/12/2009 9:52 am


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