This month CART and it’s work have been featured in BBC History Magazine.
The main focus was on the ongoing Coleshill Uncovered project.
You can read the whole article here.
For at least 70 years the Bayonet seen on the left has lived in the leather scabbard. This Bayonet was discovered at the Coleshill Uncovered event and has now been removed from the scabbard thanks to the help and advice of the former Royal Armouries curator at the Museum of London and one of the Coleshill Uncovered team, Guy Taylor.
Today we launched www.coleshilluncovered.co.uk, our new micro site for Coleshill Uncovered.
As the project grows and more people get involved we will need to add more information online and a micro site is the best way to do this. You can access the site from any page on our website, look for the small logo in the left hand column or you can go to www.coleshilluncovered.co.uk
We hope you enjoy the new site.
Yesterday some of the Coleshill Uncovered team started to clean, log and photograph the finds from weekend one at Coleshill.
It took about 4 hours and we have processed about 60 items. These vary from a watch strap to a 2 inch mortar.
The final report from the first weekend will be complete in the next few weeks and then hopefully further work can be planned for the site later this year.
You can see some of the images from yesterday below.
Learn more about Coleshill Uncovered here
The Coleshill Uncovered project really lived up to its name and delivered.
Over the weekend more than 30 people gave up their time to help survey an area of woodland within the Coleshill estate and they were not disappointed by what they found.
Bases of Nissen huts were uncovered and some were much larger than expected. There were many small finds like fired cartridges as well as personal items like boot polish and even a cap from a toothpaste tube.
CART member Peter Antill also found a bayonet still in it’s leather scabbard. (See Image)
All the findings of the weekend will now be painstakingly documented and a full report will be written up and presented to the National Trust in the near future.
You can stay in touch with this project by adding your name to the list here
CART would like to thank all participants and the National Trust for allowing this event to take place.
In less than 23 hours members from CART, The Ridgeway Military and Aviation Research Group, Subterranea Britannica, Great War Archaeology Group and the University of Bristol will start work surveying parts of the Coleshill estate.
The grounds are normally closed to the public and site owners, the National Trust, have granted special permission for this work after approving a detailed proposal.
Each day approx 30 people will take part in sweeping the woodland in the hope of finding small finds and other items belonging to Churchill’s secret army.
You will be able to see live images taken over the weekend and and more info on this page
Coleshill Uncovered has now been approved by the National Trust at Coleshill.
CART instigated a proposal to carry out a non invasive survey in the grounds of Coleshill with the aim of searching for more Operational Bases and any other Auxiliary related finds. The weekend for the work to take part is January 22nd and 23rd 2011.
This will be a joint project between staff and students at Bristol University, members of Subterranea Britannica, The Ridgeway Military and Aviation Research Group (RMARG), members of the public and CART.
It will be project managed by experienced archaeologist Neil Faulkner. You can read more about it here.
Anyone who would be keen to participate in these two days should contact CART asap.