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The CITiZAN project for foreshore research and recording

May 29, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

A visit by representatives of the project co-ordinated by the Museum of London to show how to register and use an App to allow volunteers to record our foreshores, archaeological and historical features as well as the threat from erosion and rising sea levels as a consequence of climate change.

Originally the walk was at 4pm but it is now starting at 5pm so some people can go to the Wheel making workshop at Scotland Farm as part of Purbeck art weeks which starts at 4pm. The guide, who is part of the Museum of London CITiZAN project researching and recording archaeological and historical features around our coasts, will talk us through the project and how the public can become directly involved using an app.

We will be walking around the Cleavel point area near Ower farm where a series of archaeological excavations were carried out in the 1970’s. The digs uncovered extensive evidence of iron age and Roman industrial activity (kilns, pottery making, salt works, iron smelting and habitation). Evidence of this is still apparent on the eroding foreshore. During the excavations a causeway was identified running from Cleavel point on the mainland to an island nearby. Further investigation has revealed a well built and obviously impressive and important Romano British structure.. Possibly a Quay or defensive entrance.

Permission has been granted by Brenscombe activity centre and Burnbake campsite to drive to and park at Cleavel point and walk around the area which is usually not feasible.

I will need to know which cars will wish to park and let drivers know the security code for the barrier next to Burnbake campsite entrance to be able to access roadways leading to Ower farm and the foreshore. Text Karen on 07730680579 or call me on 01929 425049 for details

Please either meet me at the Burnbake campsite cafe tent from 4.30pm to travel down together or if late drive directly to Cleavel point for 5pm after ensuring you have the security code from me earlier in the day. Hopefully the weather will continue as it has done but do bring wetweather clothes and good shoes if it changes. I will not be cancelling or changing the event as people will be travelling some distance to give the guided walk.

Site visit and location to be confirmed, but possibly Cleavel Point on the south side of Poole harbour. It is hoped that families of all ages will become involved in this project. Numbers and vehicular access may be limited so please let Karen Delahay know if you are interested.

Costs to be confirmed when numbers known.


May 29, 2018
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm