Battle group wins cash award

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A group of archaeologists may finally discover whether 200 buried skeletons will prove an ancient battle took place near Warsop.

The Battle of Hatfield Investigation Society (BOHIS) has been awarded £15,600 Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) support to explore and share the history of Cuckney, Norton and Holbeck

It is hoped the work will help to determine the site(s) of the mass graves discovered in the 1950s St Mary’s Church, Cuckney which may relate to the Anglo-Saxon Battle of Hatfield in 632 AD.

Chairman Paul Jameson said, “We are delighted to have received the backing of the Heritage Lottery Fund and are confident the enterprise will bind local people together in a common purpose.”

Plans for the project include archaeology workshops in schools and digitising a collection of images of Cuckney and the Welbeck Estate dating from between 1880 and 1940. There will also be training for volunteers in non-invasive archaeological techniques including Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) and Magnetometry.

A Community Open Day will be held on the 26th September.