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FIELD WORK    by Norman bull

I am pleased to report that we are now in a position to press forward with the Hatch Furlong archaeological dig film. Several members took time out to record the progress of the dig, located alongside the Ewell bypass, way back between the months of April and May. Several organisations including The University of London, Birkbeck College, The Surrey County Archaeological Unit, the Surrey Archaeological Society (SAS)and Epsom & Ewell History and Archaeological Society(EEHAS) took part. Our club was well represented at the site; Jeff Mundell being the main protagonist spent many hours there on a daily basis until holidays took him away.

Excavating
Hatch Furlong, The JCB moves in

Hatch Furlong Oven


Becky Lambert uncovers
the remains of a crude oven
Along with myself other members included Bernie Dennison, Ron Everitt, Ken Kendall, Gay Keeble and Steve Guttman. During that time, which included an extra week extension to the planned allocation, recorded over nine hours of video. One great drawback of the project was the fact that a session which had been planned with the finds expert did not materialise. This would seem to be a big drawback in producing an overall impression of the project. Also we were lacking any in-depth knowledge of what was learnt from the whole process. Unfortunately serious family health problems in the Mundell household took Jeff out of the equation for a time.
This left a bit of a communication vacuum. Unbeknown to me The Epsom & Ewell History and Archaeological Society had acted on an unconfirmed assumption that the film would be finished by August. This lead, I am told, to the embarrassing situation of tickets being sold for a non-existent premiere. Several unsuccessful attempts were made to make contact with either the previously mentioned organisation or the finds expert but without success. This is when Gay Keeble as a member of both societies came to the rescue. The first big problem was to make any kind of contact with the finds expert Phil Jones who in the intervening period had gone down with some kind of bug.

Knapped Tool


A Knapped Tool find

But through Gay I contacted a very helpful person, Nowal Shakeley of the Surrey County Archaeological Unit (SCUA) at Woking. Nellie, as we came to know her, managed to organise a filming session with Phil Jones at the unit on December 7th. John Green generously agreed to come in on this, as I knew he had quite a bit of experience in lighting and filming interviews. Jeff Mundell was also co-opted to be third cameraman. The week before both John and I popped over to Woking to seek out the building and to view the location for filming. Although I did the navigation, I got into a bit of a tangle in Woking and had to be saved by good old TomTom.

Finds Expert Phil Jones

Finds expert Phil Jones

Margaret Nobbs marks up the finds
Marking up the finds.

By this time Gay had managed get things going on the communications front and after quite a bit of dogged persistence managed to organise a meeting with the interested parties. The meeting took place  at Ron Everitt's house just two days after the filming at Woking . John Green worked to the early hours of the morning to get that material ready for viewing the following Saturday morning. Besides myself, those that attended that day were Jeff Mundell, John Green, Ron Everitt of course, Jon Cotton of the London Museum, Peggy Bedwell and Margaret Nobbs of E.H.A.S. and two archaeologists from S.A.S., Alan Hall and Richard Savage.
Out of the nine hours of footage there remained a total of four hours of usable material which had been edited into twenty-two day by day sections. From this material, (bearing in mind the lack of inside knowledge) a twenty-two minute" appetiser" had been put together which concentrated mainly on only one feature, which was by the way outstanding. We were also able to show the edited material from the Woking shoot with the finds expert. Of course the first video in no way could do justice to all the work that was carried out on the site so it was hoped that the meeting could point us in the right direction. With some reservations the presentation was well received and suggestions were made.
Sea Urchin
A Fossil Sea Urchin

Jon Cotton was anxious that we would be able to supply him with a finished video for sometime in February, as he was due to give a talk on the subject. One of the aims of the video, we have learned, is to help facilitate in the appeal for lottery funding. To this end he agreed to rough out a synopsis of what was required. This has been done and a copy has been circulated and it appears there will be further material to be added in the form of photographs and there may be a further filmed interview with Harvey Sheldon co-director of the site. If anyone would like to take a look at what is going on behind the scenes, I would be happy to show what has been achieved so far.


A mystery feature

Well Head or Sea Urchin
Richard Savage ponders on whether this feature is a burial pit or well head?

 

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