Blog entries in 2018

This CITiZAN blog is written by you, the CITiZANs, and by our staff. We encourage everyone involved in the project to contribute, whether you're on site monitoring, in a library researching, or conducting oral history projects. If you would like to submit a blog, email the CITiZAN Archaeologist for Outreach in your regional office your text and up to five images.

Wartime Defences at Auburn Sands

14/12/2018   |   Chris Kolonko

Auburn sands, East Yorkshire retains some of the best-preserved wartime coastal defences in the whole of Yorkshire. With both First and Second World War defensive structures surviving, it is an almost unique site where both era’s defences can still be recorded and interpreted.

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A glimpse of Mersea's ice age past: environmental sampling on Mersea Island

04/12/2018   |   Stephanie Ostrich

During an exceptionally low tide in March 2017, a team of CITiZAN volunteers and archaeologists made a massive discovery whilie field walking the mudflats of Mersea: a 2m-long Mammoth tusk! The short tidal window meant we only had minutes to record the fragile tusk and the environment around it before it was again covered by the sea.

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Seacoal: “A Vayne of Secoles”

20/11/2018   |   Angus Stephenson

CITiZAN volunteer Angus Stephenson continues his exploration of the seacoal industry in the North-East which has now almost vanished...almost.

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Seacoal: “An Absolute Vision of Hell"

01/11/2018   |   Angus Stephenson

CITiZAN Volunteer Angus explores the coastal landscape of the coal industry in the North East, as featured in the 1971 cult British gangster film “Get Carter”

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Defending the coast at Reighton Sands

03/08/2018   |   Chris Kolonko

At the height of the invasion scare, during WWII, hundreds of miles of anti-invasion defenses were built along Britain's beaches & clifftops. Thousands of tons of concrete was molded into anti-tank blocks and pillboxes and many now vanished slit trenches were dug. Here one of our newest members of staff, Chris Kolonko, looks at how these defenses can be studied.

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