he Broadgates excavation is presently taking place in its rural setting near Wirksworth in Derbyshire.  It  appears to have been a farmstead which was finally abandoned by the early 20th century.  However, its origins are obscure.   It might well have been the predecessor to the present farm adjacent to the site or, alternatively, it may have been something entirely separate.

Through excavation the site is revealing its mysteries and a chronological sequence is taking shape as work continues but definite dates remain elusive so far. 
As the excavation progresses, more details will be posted here and more details will be available from the 'Arteamus Review'

Oh, by the way, you can see the Broadgates excavations on 'Google Street View'.  Follow the link here, search for 'Broadgates, Wirksworth, Derbyshire', and drag the little yellow man to the junction of Knob Lane and Hey Lane/Alport Lane and have a look over the wall!

Above: The site in 2011 and 18th-century feathered slipware pottery.

Right:  Midland Purple ware.

Broadgates in 1880

The 2011 Broadgates report is available now.  See bottom of the page to access the pdf version

The Dennis Knoll Survey 2012

A new project that began in 2012.  The survey is set to record features which for many years evaded detection due to extensive vegetation.  Due to successful management by the National Trust, who own the land, a series of archaeological features are now apparent on the south slopes of Dennis Knoll.

Our first impression is that this might be a small Roman-period settlement site, probably an extension of that on the other side of the Hood Brook at The Warren, to the south.
  There appear to be terraces, walls, enclosures and platforms, which might include the site of one or more dwellings.  The features suggest that this might have been the main settlement area for the Romano-British complex. 

Surveying the site will help us to to better understand the array of features and get some idea of what the area might have been used for.  This began on April 15th, 2012 and we have recorded the entire site of approximately 10,000 sq metres.  We have now added elevations so that the site can be seen in the context of its hillside location. 

Phil Sidebottom,
25 Aug 2012, 12:22