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.

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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.

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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 7 days ago

Managing the farm

Thanks Jayne! It was lovely to talk to Mr Dickinson, the former estate manager, last year. Read more plus a lovely pic of Jayne as a child. https://t....

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Chester Farm

Chester Farm

about 28 days ago

R Neil Marshman on Twitter

It certainly is. The special & unusual thing about the site is that it offers evidence from nearly all periods across the last 10,000 years or thereab...

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Chester Farm

Chester Farm

about 2 months ago

R Neil Marshman on Twitter

Many apologies. The ‘cursus publicus’ is essentially a set route along which #Roman imperial messengers and messages were sent. Our small walled town ...

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Chester Farm

Chester Farm

about 2 months ago

Chester Farm on Twitter

That is, the cursus publicus. So we curse auto correct! https://t.co/lg02C343Lo

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Chester Farm

Chester Farm

about 2 months ago

Sally Smart on Twitter

Thanks, Sally. For new followers, the #buildings complex will become a mix of #heritage interpretation and #education spaces plus buildings aimed to g...

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Chester Farm

Chester Farm

about 3 months ago

Chester Farm on Twitter

Remember what our #Archaeological Resource Centre looked like in the summer? Now we are fixing the external cedar cladding. The building is intended t...

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