Woodland Heritage Festival - Issue 4 - Q-Pits and White Coal

Welcome to a special edition of the Archaeology and Ale Podcast;

For the next few podcasts we’ll be taking you through the Woodland Heritage Festival.

The Woodland Heritage Festival was a two-day free public event at the J. G. Graves Woodland Discovery Centre in Sheffield, which had talks and hands-on displays on all kinds of archaeological topics.

The talks aimed to explain our archaeological interests in a family-friendly and accessible way, so all of the visitors to the Woodland Heritage Festival could come away with some new information about the past and how we study it. If you have any young archaeologists in your family this talk might be of interest to them as well.

Last week we looked at Zooarchaeology; this week, it’s all about White Coal, Q-Pits, and experimental archaeology. These terms may sound unfamiliar because Q-Pits are a type of archaeological feature very specific to Sheffield and its immediate surrounds, but keep listening to find out about this fascinating type of industrial technology.


Apologies for the background noise – we were recording in the function room next to the cafeteria at the J. G. Graves Woodland Discovery Centre and it was a very busy day!

Stay tuned for another special edition introducing some more activities at the Woodland Heritage Festival. Next time we’ll be presenting a talk on the history of the J. G. Graves Woodland Heritage Centre – one of the Centre’s volunteers kindly answered a few questions about the history of the Centre and the life of its benefactor, J. G. Graves. After this we’ll be returning you to your regularly scheduling programming of the monthly Archaeology and Ale talks, recorded live upstairs at the Red Deer pub in Sheffield.

If you’d like to know more about the Archaeology in the City Programme or the regular monthly Archaeology and Ale talks, visit our website; you can follow the link from the Archaeology Podcast Network page, or come and find us on facebook under Archaeology in the City.

Thanks again to the Archaeology Podcast Network for having us.

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