Tannery Cottages – Irthlingborough
The Irthlingborough Archaeological Society intends to evaluate the Tannery Cottages Site in 3 Phases.
Phase 1 (completed)
Half the land was cleared of all natural overgrowth and a geophysical magnetometer survey was completed by Bartlett-Clark Consultancy. This identified the presence of archaeological remains of probable Iron Age and/or Roman date.
Phase 2 (completed)
Based on the geophysical survey results the Society did a small targeted excavation to establish the date and types of activity present.
This was supervised by Oxford Archaeology with a full-time professional Archaeologist on site to teach and assist the society members in excavation and recording techniques.
Oxford Archaeology also provided health and safety documentation to enable the works and site safety briefings to all participants. This took place during the later part of October to encompass half term week.
Phase 3 – The Future
With advice from OA, we are planning further geophysical magnetometer survey to cover more of the site. This will be combined with the existing results to provide a better understanding of the extent of archaeological remains present to help target future fieldwork.
We will then be in a position to apply for funding to undertake larger and more detailed excavations over a number of seasons. The potential of this site is enormous with enough well-preserved archaeology present to keep IAS busy for many years.
We will also be able to establish a permanent exhibition and film of what happened at the dig and display some of the artefacts at the Wild Life Trust Wetland Centre at Rushden Lakes.
Fieldwork will generally avoid the bird nesting season. However, it may be possible to arrange longer summer seasons as long as we do not disturb any nesting birds.
The IAS also has ambitions to do an Industrial Archaeological Dig which we hope will include Brick Manufacture, Iron Ore Mining and The rise and fall of the Railways through the area.