Prof.Mark White at Anston Parish Hall

Professor Mark White from Durham University-who is leading the team of archaeologists in Anston Stones-gave a presentation in the parish hall this evening. It was attended by approximately 100 local residents and a short introductory speech was given by Cllr.Drew Tarmey Chairman of Anston Parish Council.

Prof. White’s easy to follow and humorous narrative accompanied a series of photographs and slides which explained the formation and history of Anston Stones (which is part of the Creswell Limestone Heritage Area)

Recent finds include a quartzite flake, a small flint flake and pottery and food remains from the Roman era.

During the public question session several residents were able to give Prof.White more details about the Stones and this local knowledge was gratefully received by him as he and his team intend to come back next year to extend their research.

A huge vote of thanks to APC Cllrs. Christine Sadler, Mick Coleman and Philip Mathews who publicised this event, collected information and produced the informative display boards in the parish hall and APC ground staff who cleaned out Deadman’s Cave.

Tomorrow (Thursday 14th July) pupils from Anston Greenlands and Anston Brook schools will spend their day at the parish hall viewing the display boards, absorbing information and having a picnic. The schools should take credit for enabling young children to view the history of their local area.

After the talk and question sessions were finished a collection was made for Macmillan Nurses. The total amount donated won’t be known for a week or two when all the money given and promised is finally handed over, counted and a receipt given. Once the total is known I’ll publish it.

 

 

 

Further reading:

https://www.dur.ac.uk/archaeology/staff/?id=166

https://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/archiveDS/archiveDownload?t=arch-1063-1/dissemination/pdf/creswell_MAP

 

 

 

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26 Responses to Prof.Mark White at Anston Parish Hall

  1. Norman says:

    At no point have I tried to say this event as enything to do with the previous council it was a great event enjoyed by all whom attend as for me being a moron is it really called for not the statement from educated one would expect really is it

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    • Watchman says:

      This is the last comment I’ll publish that does not concern either Anston Stones and/or Prof.White
      I’ve allowed this one under the right to reply.
      There.Will.Be.No.More.

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    • Patriot. says:

      Watchman, I appreciate your neutrality but would like to remind readers of Normans statement from the previous thread, and I quote ” over the years apc have put a lot of time and effort in to stone’s wood to get it to the standard it is today however it seems funding is less than it as been so far this year with very little been allocated I really hope apc see the value in such places as we are only caretakers” I read this as I have stated. IE Praise the previous Council and put down the present one. Never miss a trick does this moron. I sincerely hope that this is published because if it is not then this forum will be seen as not allowing the current apc to defend the attacks and the moron will have won which will leave this forums claim to be the voice of democracy in tatters.

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    • Watchman says:

      ASW is a SSSI site and as such Anston Parish Council is limited to the amount of work they are allowed to do. Previous part-time Labour councillor Dalton used to authorise bags of limestone chippings in ASW to maintain the paths at who knows what costs.The paths are the responsibility of RMBC and it is my understanding APC has, quite rightly IMV stopped this waste of taxpayers money.
      RMBC must face up to and accept they have a duty to maintain all public footpaths in the borough so if there are any more silly comments about the parish council reducing funding for ASW they will be blocked
      (You know who you are-and so do I)

      UPDATE
      A member of the public has contacted me with the following information: Dalton spent £2,000 of your money getting limestone chippings laid down in both ASW and a path across Elliot’s Field
      She acted ultra vires

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  2. hilary estrada-haigh says:

    Cllr Thornton – In my post I pointed out the three councillors who had worked tirelessly for a number of weeks without asking nor seeking any credit. They did it for the good of the community.
    I understand you were not involved until the actual event, as were other councillors who have not felt the need to ask for recognition, unlike yourself who for some reason needs to do so.
    Your personal vendettas should not have sullied the congratulatory comments regarding this wonderful community event.
    Quite right Watchman private vendettas have no place on a public forum.

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  3. S Thornton says:

    Mrs Estrada Haigh, I was there also helping out, so credit due where credit is due. As for the contractors, well enough said, all they do is pull the council down.
    It seems my fan club is growing daily., Pity they do not have the courage to print comments under their own name.
    As for hearing my comments, if watchman wants to start a thread on the contractors, then bring it on.

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  4. miss f sales says:

    Extremely pleased with this very informative evening really impressed but no need for comments by Mr thonton

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  5. Norman says:

    Well I thought it was a very good presentation and and very interesting so well done to all concerned brilliant effort.

    Your comment has been edited-for obvious reasons.

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    • Patriot. says:

      Why are you editing his comment Watchman? We all know that Norman is falling in line with the rest of his alias’ by trying to credit the previous Council with this superb achievement, while discrediting the current Council by saying that we have cut funding for this triple s site. Publish his comments, let us all see what a moron he really is and give us the chance to blow him out of the water.

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    • Watchman says:

      I edited his comment because his post bore no relation to the thread.

      I’m getting really cheesed off with people sidetracking threads with unwarranted comments.Passions might run high about what is posted but there are ways to reply to a post with out verbal abuse.
      I will not publish posts that are potentially libellous.

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  6. Dave Bucklow says:

    It is surprising that although Dead Mans Cave was excavated in the 1960’s and flint stone tools used by hunters 12,000 years ago and bones from Ice Age animals such reindeer and hyena were found Professor White and his team managed to unearth more stone flints and Roman era pottery fragments.
    Perhaps next year even more discoveries will be made which should add to our understanding of how our early ancestors lived in this area.

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