The Leas School,  Hoylake

Archaeologists: Blake and Harding

contributed by Adrian Stevenson

from Liverpool Echo, 28 Sep 1960


Preliminary excavations are being carried out by Mr. Dennis W. Harding, a Hoylake schoolmaster, and Mr. Ian M. Blake, a journalist, on the site of a Roman settlement off King Street, Middlewich. Pieces of pottery, bricks and other oddments have been found, but it is difficult to determine whether they are of Roman or medieval origin. Excavations have also revealed foundations of what is thought to be a pottery kiln.

Ian Blake points out that at the date of the article above, neither he nor Dennis was a schoolmaster: they had left The Leas in July, and were about to go up to their respective universities. Furthermore he was not a journalist, unless you count a couple of contributions to the Eagle.

Ian and Dennis were together in the field again the following year, but The Leas gets no further mention.

from Coventry Evening Telegraph, 21 Aug 1961

Remains of 2,400 Years Old House Found in Dorset

Excavations by archaeologists of unploughed land at Pimperne, near Blandford, Dorset, have revealed the remains of a roundhouse over 50ft. in diameter, which probably dates back more than 2,400 years.

It is considered to be the most important discovery so far, in the area, where a palisaded and steep-sided ditch was discovered in 1960, and it confirms that there was considerable occupation in the district in prehistoric times.

A gateway, which was pinpointed in a magnatometer[sic] survey made by a team from Oxford under Dr. M. Aitken, is now being uncovered by the archaeologists.

The directors of the excavation, Mr. Ian Blake and Mr. Dennis Harding, believe that it may well be established that the site was occupied during a period of transition at the end of the Bronze Age.

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