The area in which we are working has been little explored archaeologically, which is the main reason why our research and training project is being undertaken. There are sufficient traces to suggest that the Wolds have seen intense human activity since the last Ice Age. Few sites have been excavated or surveyed. Here we see two sites in the valley we are working in. The long barrow at Swinhope, known as Cromwell’s Grave, dates to the Neolithic period; it survives as part of a field boundary and is presently colonised by trees.
Further up the valley in the mid 1970s a mosaic was discovered by chance at Kirmond le Mire. Although a very classical mosaic it featured a blackbird rather than the eagle, peacock or Nile goose more typically depicted in Roman imagery. Only part of the mosaic was revealed at the time of discovery, and it is thought to be from a corridor. The mosaic apart almost no work has been undertaken at this site to properly categorize it since its discovery. It lies preserved as a Scheduled Ancient Monument under grass.
Visits to these sites and others allow us to discuss and learn more about the past use of the landscape.
Volume One of the project is published. Details may be be found via the following links:
The Dig Team