Here’s an interesting one for historians interested in archeology and accent history. All this last week, top archeology wonks have ben beavering away up on Barr Beacon, to see what they can uncover, and it looks like they’ve located some interesting stuff.
If you’d like a look at what they’re doing, why not attend their open day tomorrow, Sunday 21st July 2013. The event runs from 11am until 3pm, and theres loads to see and do.
It’s always nice to see our older history explored. Why not pop up and take a look?
Open day for budding Barr Beacon archaeologists
Archaeologists who have been working at Barr Beacon throughout this week will share their findings and pass on tips to visitors at an open day on Sunday.
A community excavation got underway at the landmark Walsall site on Tuesday 16 July.
The Council for British Archaeology West Midlands (CBAWM) has been working with Walsall Council’s countryside services team at the site and schoolchildren and volunteers have been able to take part too.
The project will finish with an open day this Sunday 21 July from 11am until 3pm and a host of hands-on activities will be staged including residue sorting and finds identification.
Kirsty Nichol, chair of CBAWM, said: ‘We’ve found evidence of Medieval farming, unearthing the ridge and furrow ploughing system that was used in those times.
‘From this we can tell that Barr Beacon used to be an agricultural landscape and its soil was much wetter than the dry, acidic soil that is there now.
‘This helps us to imagine the lifestyles of Walsall residents all those years ago. Peasants would probably have shared two ridges while a whole village would have shared oxen.
‘The schoolchildren who have been at the site from Blackwood , Meadow View and Shelfield have been able to take part in the excavation work, have a go at recording what has been found, and analyse the diet that their ancestors would have followed back in Medieval times.
‘We have also had great interest from volunteers who have been coming to Barr Beacon every day to work with us.’
Kirsty explained that four trenches had been dug in total. Three had indicated a Medieval landscape while the fourth, which is near to the war memorial, had unearthed some of the materials that would have been used in the original construction of the memorial.
‘While these high temperatures are not usually the conditions we tend to dig in we’ve thoroughly enjoyed our time at Barr Beacon,’ she said.
‘We are looking forward to seeing people at the free open day on Sunday so we can attract budding archaeologists and give visitors the chance to be part of this amazing project.’
Barr Beacon’s war memorial is back to its former glory now that a significant part of a £440,000 restoration project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has been completed.
Discussions are taking place around a rededication ceremony in 2014 and plans are in the pipeline for a host of events for all communities to enjoy at the much-loved site.
The Heritage Lottery Fund project, Raising The Barr, aimed to reinstate the well-known landmark as a shining beacon of community pride with a full restoration of the site’s heritage features including a rare design of flagpole, an historic tree plantation, and its war memorial.