Welcome to the Wyre Archaeology website. Our name dates back several years but our interests are not confined to just the Wyre District but cover the whole of Wyre, the Fylde and beyond. The resources will include various maps (OS, Tithe, other), other primary documents (wills, inventories, letters, newspaper articles, etc,) some secondary sources (books/commentaries) and historic or aerial photographs.
NEW PROJECT 23-25 SEPTEMBER 2018
If you've been to our meetings or have read the newsletter you'll know that we've been working on a potential new project. We're pleased to announce that we have agreement for an investigation of a possible section of the Walton-le-Dale to Lancaster Roman road.
We only have a 'window' of 2-3 days and we hope to mark out and remove turf on Sunday 23 September and complete and backfill on Tuesday 25 September, weather permitting. Owing to the location of the site, we are not able to leave trenches open beyond that time frame.
NB This dig has been completed. For information regarding our findings go to the "Digs" section of the website.
Britain's Ancient Capital, Dig for Britain and Time Team are TV programmes that have inspired many people to get involved in archaeology.
If you're one of those who have been inspired but don't know what to do about it and you're interested in the Archaeology, History and Pre-history of North West Lancashire why not join one of the very few practical field archaeology groups in the county?
Wyre Archaeology is keen to meet people who'd like to get involved in a practical way. Whatever your age, level of knowledge or skill, we can find a role for you.
Just get in touch!
You can join as a Full Member and have all the benefits of regular meetings, voting rights, participation in digs,free training, loan of kit and dig insurance, group membership of the Council for British Archaeology and CBA North West and links with other local groups, plus a regular dedicated newsletter.
If evening meetings or distance are problems, Associate Members can stay in touch via our newsletter* and other links and may also participate in digs as described above.
If you're not sure, Non-members may attend 2 meetings free of charge.
P.S. FULL-TIME STUDENTS UP TO & INCLUDING AGE 21 ARE FREE!
This site was drawn to our attention by David Ratcliff (http://www.romanroads.org/gazetteer/roman1.htm) who had been using LIDAR images to trace possible Roman roads in Lancashire. A possible housing development had been mooted on Bilsborrow Lane, Bilsborrow and in the documentation there appeared a proviso regarding a possible Roman road which might go across the site. Although we didn't have access to that site a continuation of the LIDAR appeared to trace a path over the corner of a playing field belonging to Bilsborrow, John Cross Primary School. Permission was enthusiastically granted and a survey (performed by Wigan Archaeology Group) of the field was taken. Although the resistivity plots were inconclusive it was decided that a dig was the only way to prove the existence of the road - one way or another.
The above image shows the projected line of the Roman Road (in red) together with the resistivity survey.
On Sunday, 23rd September, 2018 a 10m x 2m trench was opened. At the same time the field was swept by metal detector.
Over the next two days the trenches were taken down to natural - unfortunately with no sign of the Roman Road.
On a more positive note, the pupils visited the site and were encouraged to get involved. By doing this we might have discovered future archaeologists.
Many thanks to the staff and pupils of the school, in particular Liam Reynolds, the headteacher.