Monthly Archives: December 2018

Help re Safeguarding and Protecting People

I am looking for help and possibly guidance from any member who has knowledge and experience of ‘Safeguarding and protecting people’ (Young persons and vulnerable adults). Your Trustees need to consider this subject as a matter of urgency to formulate a policy for CLASP.

If you, or anybody you know, is prepared to advise and help with the formulation of this policy I would be most appreciative; if you can help please email me on:-

Dave Hayward
Chair of Trustees

A message from the Chair of CLASP Trustees


Just a few words to wish you all a successful 2019, and to thank you all for the efforts that you have made to help CLASP sustain its ongoing technical successes. I cannot however stress enough the importance for you all to remain involved if this situation is to be sustained. Hopefully, perhaps our long held vision to establish a permanent base will move forward in 2019. If this does come to fruition there will undoubtedly be a ‘call to arms’ for help in getting the project operational.

It is also important that we appreciate the support and co-operation we enjoy from those outside of CLASP in the worlds of commercial archaeology, academia and others who provide material and financial support. These relationships are essential to enhance our technical knowledge and ensure a mutual exchange of information between this wider archaeological world and ourselves. To that effect can I suggest that members look to attend relevant courses and conferences to broaden your knowledge and understanding of relevant matters; these events enable you to create important contacts in the world of archaeology.

We are pleased to welcome some new members whom I am sure will bring valuable experiences and skills to further our fieldwork and research, you are welcome! Hopefully all members, old and new, will participate in our activities whether it is desktop research, fieldwork – in all its forms – and similarly post-excavation work, for example report preparation or finds processing. There are many opportunities that we can provide but conversely we look to you to suggest new areas of research and also methods to broaden our capabilities and knowledge

Some of you may know that we now have our own Facebook Group (click on the link above). If you are active in social media could I please ask that you get involved with our Group to make it a success. Both through this, and any other method, I ask you all to spread the word about CLASP and seek to widen our membership base.

We hope to see and hear from you all at our activities during 2019!


Dave Hayward
Chair of Trustees

Archaeology Open Day at A14 excavations

Archaeology Open Day at A14 Excavations


A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Improvement Scheme – Excavation Open Day (see the poster above)

Saturday 8th December between 10am – 3pm

Mill Common, Huntingdon

Archaeologists are excavating along the route of the Pathfinder Link Road into Huntingdon. This is revealing some Romano-British and Medieval remains including; a possible Roman Road, ditches and pits. Finds so far include; Romano-British, Medieval and Post Medieval pottery, animal bones and evidence for later activity and we are also hoping to find evidence from the Civil War and the Early Medieval period.
Free guided tours of the site will be available every 30 minutes from 10am – 12noon and 1pm until 2.30pm. Visitors should wear stout shoes – boots and warm clothing on site.
Visitors to the site on Mill Common (opposite Huntingdon Bus Station) will be able to see some of the finds so far, meet some of the archaeologists and find out more about the excavations along the A14.
For further information, contact: Steve Sherlock, Archaeology Lead A14 (07804 698322) or A14 Public information helpline (0800 270 0114).
*Please note there is no parking available on site

Additional Volunteers

We need to expand our team of enthusiastic and committed volunteers to fulfil a variety of roles and maintain the charity’s development whether you are able to give a few hours a week or more:
Volunteer help needed for:
  • Field work (field walking, excavation, geophysics etc.
  • Post excavation (processing and recording finds and archiving)
  • Computer and digital work
  • Fund raising
  • Publicity
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