Dig discovers a first for Bucks

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AN archaeological dig in Monks Risborough may have discovered a first for the county of Bucks.

The dig is being carried out at St Dunstan's Church, which is the oldest parish in the country.

As the church is expanding its burial area archaeologists asked to do a dig.

Freelance archaeologist Richard Coe and a Chiltern archaeologist called Jill Eyres have been working at the site with volunteers and have discovered a Roman Marching camp.

This is 1st century and is an exciting find as it is a first for Bucks. The Roman foot soldiers would have marched from the surrounding towns and set up camp, building a defensive trench.

They would then destroy this before they moved on so the enemy could not use it.

As well as this they have evidence of an 800BC Iron Age round house, Neolithic, Bronze and Iron age artefacts and medieval 13th and 14th century occupation of the site. All the artefacts will be sent to Oxford for verification.

Speaker of the House of Commons John Bercow visited the church on Friday to see the church's annual flower display, and also had a tour of the dig.

The festival's theme was based on the lives of Christian Saints throughout the ages.

As well as the beautiful flowers there was a Princes Risborough Heritage Society Exhibition and art on display.

There was music from the Monks Risborough Primary School on the Friday and organ recitals on the Saturday.

There was a village Songs of Praise on Sunday and more music on Monday from Walters Ash and Naphill Primary School.

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7:48pm Thu 4 Jul 13

geoffW says...

How much did Bercow claim on his expenses for the trip?
How much did Bercow claim on his expenses for the trip? geoffW
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2:09am Fri 5 Jul 13

A third source close to Clyde and Lawrence says...

Hi Rebecca:


St Dunstan's Church, which is the oldest parish in the country.


How do you know that it is the oldest parish – where did you find that out?
Hi Rebecca: [italic] St Dunstan's Church, which is the oldest parish in the country. [/italic] How do you know that it is the oldest parish – where did you find that out? A third source close to Clyde and Lawrence
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6:27am Sat 6 Jul 13

J. Eyers says...

This article is complete rubbish. I am the archaeologist in charge of the excavation and not one person has contacted me about this 'news' article. It has got so many facts wrong that it is too long to put them all right here. Rebecca is not a journalist, she is clearly sitting at home making up stories. The only 'facts' she printed here were given to her as a press release by a church member of the congregation. Not an archaeologist. The most notable is that this is NOT a 'first for Bucks' and it is not a marching camp. If Rebecca cannot be bothered to speak to someone on the site, then quite frankly she should not be working in journalism. I have an excelent story here on our dig - BUT it is not the one Rebecca made up and published! I want a full apology to put my professional reputation back on track!
Dr Jill Eyers (Chiltern Archaeology)
This article is complete rubbish. I am the archaeologist in charge of the excavation and not one person has contacted me about this 'news' article. It has got so many facts wrong that it is too long to put them all right here. Rebecca is not a journalist, she is clearly sitting at home making up stories. The only 'facts' she printed here were given to her as a press release by a church member of the congregation. Not an archaeologist. The most notable is that this is NOT a 'first for Bucks' and it is not a marching camp. If Rebecca cannot be bothered to speak to someone on the site, then quite frankly she should not be working in journalism. I have an excelent story here on our dig - BUT it is not the one Rebecca made up and published! I want a full apology to put my professional reputation back on track! Dr Jill Eyers (Chiltern Archaeology) J. Eyers
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6:31am Sat 6 Jul 13

J. Eyers says...

A third source close to Clyde and Lawrence wrote:
Hi Rebecca:


St Dunstan's Church, which is the oldest parish in the country.


How do you know that it is the oldest parish – where did you find that out?
Rebecca woudl not be able to answer as she only gets her information from non-archaeologists and does not do research, but I can asnwer this as I am an archaeologist. It is the oldest 'known' that last word is very important - as lots of manorial and parish records have been lost or destroyed over time and so we do not actually know the age of some parishes. But Monks Ris is the oldest with surviving parish documents Ifrom the Anglo - Saxon period). Jill
[quote][p][bold]A third source close to Clyde and Lawrence[/bold] wrote: Hi Rebecca: [italic] St Dunstan's Church, which is the oldest parish in the country. [/italic] How do you know that it is the oldest parish – where did you find that out?[/p][/quote]Rebecca woudl not be able to answer as she only gets her information from non-archaeologists and does not do research, but I can asnwer this as I am an archaeologist. It is the oldest 'known' that last word is very important - as lots of manorial and parish records have been lost or destroyed over time and so we do not actually know the age of some parishes. But Monks Ris is the oldest with surviving parish documents Ifrom the Anglo - Saxon period). Jill J. Eyers
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