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Wyre Archaeology

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 information on our digs, areas of interest, various maps (OS, Tithe, other), other primary documents (wills, inventories, letters, newspaper articles, etc,) some secondary sources (books/commentaries) and historic or aerial photographs.  

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT - CORONAVIRUS - Following Government advice regarding 'social distancing' and in line with other clubs and societies, the Executive Committee have decided to cancel the meetings scheduled for March, April (AGM) and May.

A decision will be made regarding  current dig projects and we will keep members informed via email, this website and the newsletter.

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NEW ROMAN FORT

For some time Wyre Archeology have been sworn to secrecy regarding the discovery of a Roman fort at Burscough.  Although this is outside our immediate area a number of members have been involved in uncovering the site and our colleagues in Wigan Archaeology performed the geophys.  Recently local residents have noticed some uncontrolled activity on the site which has led to Historic England classifying the site as a scheduled monument.  More information can be view here.  Once our meetings return more information will be revealed.

LATEST DIG (suspended)

A dig is underway by the side of the River Brock looking at an old, derelict cottage.  Digging took place on the 9th and 10th October and continued the following weekend. More dates are planned for the future.  For more information contact the secretary.

The first important find, in terms of dating evidence, appeared on the 16th November when a 1817 George III silver sixpence was discovered. 

The site was originally closed down for the Winter - but that was before Coronavirus appeared.  Hopefully more investigations will take place in the Autumn.

NEWS

'NEW' ROMAN ROAD FOUND BY WYRE ARCHAEOLOGY - THE FULL REPORT CAN BE FOUND AT HERE.

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Old News

A585 Bypass

Life on the A585 Bypass.  Finds going back 6000 years have been found in the preparatory work for the new A585 bypass from Windy Harbour to Skippool.  More information can be found here.

 

Cup-Marked Stone

On the 6th April 2019, several members of the group met at Nicky Nook to investigate a possible cup and ring stone.  On a beautiful day, with magnificent views of the Fylde, the stone and the surrounding area was investigated.  It was found at the junction of a couple of ancient walls - which may, possibly, be investigated at a later date.  More information will be reported at the next meeting.

 

The find was reported to Lancashire Historic Environment Record only to find that it had already been reported & recorded.

 

Kirkham Digs

Following a request, more details and photographs have been added to our Kirkham dig from several years ago.  This is now more important with the news that a housing development at Brook Farm, Dowbridge, has been given planning permission. 

The recent (2018) Dowbridge dig has uncovered a number of finds have been uncovered including a bronze age cup stone and the base of a Roman oven.  The summer of 2019 excavation has now taken place.  More images and comments can be found here.

More information to follow.