Fieldwalking and fabulous finds with Pontefract YAC
Over the past couple of months, members of our Pontefract YAC have been busy fieldwalking and examining their finds. Club leaders Phil, Alex and Ian told YAC HQ what they discovered...
Members of Pontefract YAC did some fieldwalking on the outskirts of the town in October. They discovered lots of post-medieval material and a few scraps of medieval material, including lots of pottery.
But the star find was made by new YAC member Adam on his first-ever session. Beginner's luck we say! We got a GPS reading on it and we're going to have the local PAS officer take a look ... but we reckon we have an arrowhead!
Our fabulous finds
In early November we had our follow-up meeting. Members spent an afternoon in Pontefract Museum washing and recording our haul of finds from our fieldwalking exercise.
Our assemblage consisted of mainly early-20th century finds but it also included a few sherds of medieval pottery. And we were right, the star find is definitely a late Neolithic arrowhead. We were lucky enough to have the local PAS Officer present to record the flint.
During our last two sessions we have discussed how fieldwalking can tell us about how land was used in the past, and we've talked about how fieldwalking can be used to identify sites that would be worth excavating to discover even more.
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