2018 Was An Important and Good Year For Norton Disney’s Archaeology

It is no understatement to say 2018 was an important year for Norton Disney’s archaeology. Perhaps a landmark year to compare with 1933 when the Roman villa was discovered? At the beginning of 2018 the local archaeology was a bit unloved, a bit unappreciated and in serious danger of being destroyed. The wider area of … More 2018 Was An Important and Good Year For Norton Disney’s Archaeology

Something Special Is Happening on 3rd September

Those of you following the story of Norton Disney’s archaeological “big reveal” may be thinking things have gone a bit quiet lately. Well the developer is keeping quiet. Who knows what their own two April and May geophysics surveys of the villa field and the excavation report on Villa Farm show. They are some what … More Something Special Is Happening on 3rd September

The Gods of Old Are Marshalling Their Forces!

Although technically Lincolnshire County Council closed for comments on 22nd June on the Villa Farm planning application, its not widely known you can continue to comment up to the date of the planning committee.  My own group, the Norton Disney History and Archaeology Group have commented and you can read their comments on the council’s … More The Gods of Old Are Marshalling Their Forces!

Lets Start Asking Some Difficult Questions. The Narrative Is Not Correct.

Recent coin find nearby By now many of you will be aware the developer and owner of the Villa Farm site at Norton Disney has submitted their plans to Lincolnshire County Council to built a gigantic animal rendering plant. Planning Application PL/0036/18 Presently the public can comment on the proposals up to 22nd June. Indeed … More Lets Start Asking Some Difficult Questions. The Narrative Is Not Correct.

Ok I Know It Does Not Look Like Much But It Is Significant Archaeology

Yes I can hear you say, its another picture of nothing special, but it is evidence of more iron smelting, but this time at Brills Farm the other side of the Villa Farm site. If you read my previous post on smelting  you will know that there is extensive evidence of Middle Iron Age smelting all … More Ok I Know It Does Not Look Like Much But It Is Significant Archaeology

Is Abbey Field About To Reveal It’s Secrets?

Back on 8th June 1933 Mr Osbert Guy Stanhope Crawford, better known as OGS Crawford, a pioneer in the use of aerial photography in the investigation of archaeology, over flew Abbey Field in Norton Disney where the Roman Villa is. The photos he took on that summer’s day are now stored at Historic England’s aerial … More Is Abbey Field About To Reveal It’s Secrets?

Brills Farm, A Rare Thing, a Lincolnshire Iron Age Hill Fort

Brills Farm sits on the edge of the escarpment of Potters Hill, Norton Disney looking down on to Newark on Trent and the Trent Valley. It is best seen from the air and over the years various aerial photographs have been taken of the site. The modern day site is dominated by a modern farm … More Brills Farm, A Rare Thing, a Lincolnshire Iron Age Hill Fort

The Ghosts Of The Iron Age Are Telling Us Something Important About Norton Disney

Over the past couple of weeks I have been looking at where the Iron Age settlement at Potters Hill, Norton Disney fits in with the rest of the Iron Age in Lincolnshire. I have been lucky enough to speak at length with Dr Peter Chowne who has excavated sites in Lincolnshire from this period. Peter … More The Ghosts Of The Iron Age Are Telling Us Something Important About Norton Disney

The Eye In The 1959 Sky Shows Us The Roman Villa And Lots Of Other Things Too

Cambridge University Air Photos The previous article on aerial photography, “The Eye From The 1960s Sky Tells Us Even More” seems to have proved very popular. In it I showed the Iron Age archaeology in and around Brills Farm hill fort. There was also a reference in it to another aerial photograph of Abbey Field … More The Eye In The 1959 Sky Shows Us The Roman Villa And Lots Of Other Things Too

The At Risk Archaeology of Norton Disney Hits The News

Those of you local to Norton Disney may have seen in the last day or so that the Newark Advertiser has carried quite a large article about my call to see better protection of the archaeology surrounding the Roman villa. I am rather pleased for obvious reasons that there has been some raising of the … More The At Risk Archaeology of Norton Disney Hits The News

Still On The Trail Of The Missing Skeletons (It Just Got Complicated)

If you have been reading this blog you may recall I also detailed the hunt for some missing skeletons, and a skull from the 1934/5 excavations. “So What Did Happen To The Skeletons That Were Found?. You might also want to read the about the significance of these skeletons found in the villa ruins in … More Still On The Trail Of The Missing Skeletons (It Just Got Complicated)

Funny What You Come Across In A Romano British Landscape

Recently I was given permission by a local land owner to look for some archaeology relating to the villa I was walking with a colleague when we came across something at the side of a field that looked distinctly out of place. Looking a bit like a large bit of pumice stone we both scratched … More Funny What You Come Across In A Romano British Landscape