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.