Standard 8mm film Black & White Silent 1955 4:44
Summary: A film of an archaeological exploration in Pear Wood
Title number: 334
LSA ID: LSA/428
Description: Film made by Ms A. Watson of Putney.
A view of wood and a field on sunny day. A group of people-perhaps volunteers-appear to digging and clearing a space of ground in the wood which is carefully marked out. Three women dig and clear with a pick axe and spades.
Two men work a more detailed part of the site, which also appears to be examined and marked out with string. A large trench with steps with a woman clearing the top step.
Views of the trench within which people are working. A clearing in the forest with a man walking up a small slope looking around and pointing. A close up of a map with a pen pointing out an area around Pear Wood towards warren house.
A close up shows a hand examining fragments of a clay(?) pot, which is rotated and elements pointed out, a new pot-possibly reconstructed is also shown to camera with a small piece also shown.
Credits: filmmaker: A. Watson
Further information: Extract from Academic Summary
In the summer of 1955 a trench was cut across
the line earth-work Grims Ditch in Pear Wood in
the hope of determining its date. As at Harrow
Weald Golf Course, where the earthwork is about
103ft. wide, the clay rampart was found to lie on the
north side of the ditch. A few sherds of Iron Age
pottery were found, though not in such a context
as to indicate that the ditch is quite definitely of that
date. This earthwork, which runs from Pinner Green
to the eastern edge of Pear Wood may well be a
Belgic boundary ditch, quite possibly the southern
boundary of the territory of the tribe of the Catuvellauni.
However, until further excavations are conducted
and a satisfactory quantity of datable material is
recovered, ideally from the original topsoil or an
underlying occupation layer, below the rampart, this
cannot be certain.
Keywords: Pear Wood; archaeological; home movie
Locations: United Kingdom;England;London;Harrow;Stanmore;Pear Wood
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W.Miller wrote on April 26, 2021:Thank you for this fascinating vid of Pear Wood excavation. I particularly liked the map detail. These old films are…Thank you for this fascinating vid of Pear Wood excavation. I particularly liked the map detail. These old films are of their time and this one captures a atmospheric contrast between light and dark. I love that in old films.