The Marlow Archaeology Group
Marlow Archaeology Group (MAG) is open to everyone who is 18 years and over and with an interest in our hidden past. You don’t need any experience of archaeology to join our friendly and active group.
Our interests centre on Marlow and the neighbouring Thames valley and Chilterns. We hold regular talks by experts in their field and undertake practical fieldwork when the opportunity arises, to increase knowledge of the use and occupation of our area. We aim to share our findings with the local community and encourage interest in archaeology generally and our shared historical heritage.
MAG participated in this year’s University of Reading Field School at Church Paddock in Cookham. There were three trenches this year, with one reserved for volunteers. This was intended to provide an opportunity for novices to gain fieldwork experience under the guidance of experienced volunteers with supervision by the University. This proved rewarding for all concerned and the trench yielded interesting finds, most notably what is probably a leet to an Anglo-Saxon watermill. The volunteers were responsible for recording all aspects of the trench excavation, and some of us are helping with the post-excavation processing of the records. In the other two trenches, the presence of an Anglo-Saxon cemetery was confirmed containing the remains of about 50 people and the footprint of a very large timber hall and, of course, the usual small finds and animal bones.
Archaeological projects can be expensive, particularly the post excavation costs associated with the processing and analysis of finds and specialist examination of artifacts and environmental samples. A charity has been established, the Friends of Cookham Abbey, to raise funds to help cover these costs. Donations help ensure that we learn more of our history. Please consider making a donation via the Friends of Cookham Abbey website. ( www.cookhamabbey.org.uk )
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Marlow Archaeology Group thanks our local sponsor for their support: Burgers Artisan Bakery