May 232011
 

 

 

 

 

After the success of the evaluation weekend work at Coleshill the National Trust has now been given the green light to stage two.

This is due to happen from Sunday 2nd July to Thursday 7th July at the Coleshill estate on the Oxfordshire/Wiltshire border.

In January 2011 the evaluation weekend (Stage One) located the remains of structures that were previously unknown, as well as discovering many finds including a very well preserved bayonet.

In Stage Two the team plan to re-visit the concrete bases that were previously cleared and will add trenches next to the structures, which will hopefully provide them with either further information about the construction of the original buildings.

Other remains like the suspected ‘Generator Base’ and military vehicle servicing ramp will be cleared of vegetation so they can build a clearer picture of their uses.

During Stage One, a number of strong signals were logged from both metal detecting and geophysics that the team plan to follow-up on.  Some small test trenches may be put in to further investigate these.

The Coleshill Uncovered team are looking for volunteers to help search for further evidence of the headquarters and training grounds of Churchill’s secret Auxiliary Units.

Anyone over 18 years of age can participate and no experience of archaeology is needed. As the project has no funding the organisers have to charge a fee of £75 per person and this will cover you for the week.

For more info and terms of involvement please go to  www.coleshilluncovered.co.uk

Nov 012010
 

I am pleased to say that the National Trust at Coleshill have now confirmed that CART, and the other associated groups connected with ‘Coleshill Uncovered‘, can now set a date for the project to begin.

In May 2009, CART instigated a proposal to carry out a non invasive survey in the grounds of Coleshill.

‘Coleshill Uncovered’ 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