Ian Meadows

Ian Meadows has been project managing the archaeological digs at Chester Farm.

He has an impressive 40 years' archaeological experience; working for Northamptonshire Archaeology for 22 years and latterly MOLA Northampton as a senior project officer. He went self-employed in 2014. As well as project managing excavations he also teaches archaeology and landscape history.

 

We really couldn't have anyone more qualified, as Ian has spent most of the last 20 years on excavations in and around the Wellingborough area, including a number of Roman farms and vineyards (the first proven in the UK); such important context for what we are currently doing.

​  

Volunteering is a big feature of the Chester Farm project and Ian had some 20 helpers on site each day of the two week July 2016 dig. Many of these volunteers have worked on previous Chester Farm digs, so Ian says they are building up a real continuity of experience. 

You might think that working with volunteers is more challenging but Ian says that he likes working with them "they ask lots of questions and an amateur is often much more careful as they try to extract every ounce of understanding". 

As Ian explains to a new volunteer the stage that the dig has reached or the life of a Roman soldier or his specialist subject, Roman coins, the others all stop to listen, clearly fascinated and keen to add to their knowledge.

​  

 

In July 2016, Ian led the biggest dig to date: a 100 metre trench from Chester House  to Lime Avenue, this was a vital part of the project and the contractors could not begin until recording the exposed remains had been completed.

Chester Farm

Chester Farm

about 4 hours ago

Chester Farm on Twitter

Sometimes we can forget how much progress has been made, because we still have lots of scaffolding on site. But there’s not nearly as much as after th...

View on Facebook
Chester Farm

Chester Farm

about 1 day ago

Chester Farm on Twitter

Anyone for a cup of tea? Inside the main house that is currently being restored. These rooms will be transformed into a lovely cafe with a special vie...

View on Facebook
Chester Farm

Chester Farm

about 2 days ago

Chester Farm

Technical issues seem to be preventing us from posting pictures this morning. Sorry. Don’t forget that you can find out more about @ChesterFarmNcc on ...

View on Facebook
Chester Farm

Chester Farm

about 4 days ago

Chester Farm on Twitter

This odd-looking find is from a #Roman 1st C. face urn. Sadly, the whole one isn’t ours: we only found one eye - the right-hand one, if looking at the...

View on Facebook
Chester Farm

Chester Farm

about 5 days ago

Chester Farm on Twitter

A view of the #construction from our publicly accessible green space. Enjoy a lovely walk and curious sights, such as the barn without a roof, awaitin...

View on Facebook
Chester Farm

Chester Farm

about 6 days ago

Chester Farm on Twitter

Bats are welcome here. Access for #winter hibernation provided into the roof of a barn (on the right in the photo). #wildlife #conservation https://t....

View on Facebook