2000 events later…

27 06 2014

Research Worcestershire

This week, the Worcester City Historic Environment Record hit a significant milestone. A chance discovery by volunteer Peter Walker, while trawling the local newspaper archives at The Hive, led to the addition of the 2000th ‘archaeological event’ to the HER database.

The Worcester City Historic Environment Record (HER) contains digital and paper-based records relating to the archaeological and built heritage of the city. It has two principal points of origin – the Worcestershire/ Hereford and Worcester County Sites and Monuments Record (SMR) and the Worcester City SMR. Worcestershire was relatively early in developing an SMR (from 1972/3), while Worcester City began compiling its own record from the late 1970s onwards, initially based on a card index but later on a computerised index. Today, the Worcester City HER shares an integrated database and Geographic Information System (GIS) with the wider county HER on a software platform called HBSMR, which enables archaeologists…

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My Day of Archaeology

2 07 2012

My Day of Archaeology

I decided to share a day in the life of this particular HER Officer via this year’s Day of Archaeology.  Looks like I was in good company judging by the many hundreds of participants this year, blogging about a diverse range of archaeological pursuits.  Something for everyone!

4 05 2012

Worth highlighting this blog about our much-loved Young Archaeologists’ Club and the need to support in any we all can. Dig deep for YAC!

The Heritage Journal

Most people know about the Scouts and the Guides organisations, but did you know there’s another organisation that provides activities for youths up to seventeen years old, and is available nationally? Ok, it may not be quite as local as the two aforementioned, but the Young Archaeologists Club (YAC) has some 70 branches around the country which provide hands-on weekend activities for children and young adults who are interested in all facets of archaeology.

The club is run by the Council for British Archaeology. YAC’s vision is for all young people to have opportunities to be inspired and excited by archaeology, and to empower them to help shape its future. YAC was started in 1972 by Dr Kate Pretty, and celebrates its’ 40th anniversary this coming August. Its’ name back then was Young Rescue and it was the junior branch of RESCUE, the British Archaeological Trust. Initially it…

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First Time Blogger

12 04 2012
“So here’s a new challenge” I tell myself – “let’s have a go at blogging”.  I suppose I’ve imagined that this kind of thing should come naturally to me; I generally have plenty to say for myself, spend far too much time on-line and enjoy a hefty serving of social media.  I mostly have a reasonable grasp of basic English and use the written word in a variety of forms through my work as an indoor archaeologist (ie. one that sits chained to a desk all day, rather than getting out in the field as often as she would like).  Must confess to a certain amount of trepidation though, when it comes to sharing my, often odd, thought processes with the digital world at large.
That being so, I would ask that if anyone does ever read my witterings, please be gentle with me, and in exchange I hope that I may occasionally share something of genuine interest.  I am likely to report on new or recent discoveries, community-based projects, my new focus on the use of social media in archaeological education and possibly probably the odd bit of random nonsense.
I’ve posted a nice blank archaeological canvas for you to enjoy; a site in the middle of Worcester that I will be reporting on shortly – a bit of a wilderness, not unlike my brain this evening.  Trenches laid out in readiness….

Trenches laid out in readiness

12 04 2012

Trenches laid out in readiness

Trenches laid out in readiness