Useful Resources


Council for British Archaeology:

Historic England :
(can be awkward to navigate but some really good information and on-line publications; type in 'Archaeology' in the search box and go from there.)

British Archaeological Jobs and Resources (BAJR) Guides:
(A wide range of Field Archaeology guides)

Through the Ages

The Prehistoric Society:

The Roman Society:

The Society for Medieval Archaeology:

The Society for Post-Medieval Archaeology:

Our Close Neighbours

The Bristol & Gloucestershire Archaeological Society (BGAS):

Gloucestershire Archaeology:

Forest of Dean Local History Society:

Dean Heritage Centre:


Gloucestershire County Council (Archaeology):
(Includes comprehensive reports on Gloucestershire including the Forest of Dean.)

BGAS Transactions:

Heritage Gateway:

Archaeology Data Service:
(Can be difficult to find your away around but worth the effort.)

British History Online:

The National Library of Scotland:
(The best site for historical maps for Scotland and England.)

Portable Antiquities Scheme:

Gloucester Pottery Fabric Type Series:

Worcestershire Ceramics Online Database:

DAG Research Documents (Free downloads)

DAG Castle Sites Survey 2000/1:
DAG Castle Sites Survey 2000-1

DAG Deserted Settlement Survey 1998:
DAG Deserted Settlement Survey 1998

DAG Moated Sites Survey 1998:
DAG Moated Sites Survey 1998

Forest of Dean Mining Research

(Courtesy of David Savage) - A list of mines (not necessarily all of them) in the Forest of Dean with grid references, put together by Tony Oldham.  I’m not sure how accurate all the grid references are. - The Mines of the Forest of Dean by Tony Oldham, with some history on iron & coal mining and the geology of the area.  I think Malcom has a bigger paper by Tony Oldham called "The mines of the Forest of Dean and surrounding areas " --this seems to be a guide for cavers 2002, and Malcom thought he bought it from the shop at Clearwell caves. - An article by Ian Standing about the mining of coal in the Coleford area.  Very interesting to compare the maps he has had drawn (and bear in mind they are drawings so accuracy may not be 100%) with the old maps and lidar maps that we have. - Another list of coal mines in the forest put together by Ian Pope from June 2006 to 2011.  Not all are mentioned but where they are and there is information, this gives the history of the mine.  Some interesting information.  Look up Speedwell which tells a lot of the history of the mines in the Five Acres area and shows a map with a proposed tramway running up to Ninewells Bottom, something I’ve not seen indicated anywhere else on old maps. - A list of various articles, but those of interest are ones by Tony Youles in 2003 and onwards.  The article in 2004 shows a diagram very similar to the pit Gwynneth, Cathie and Elaine found last Saturday (and Malcom, Andy and I saw on Sunday) that has been fenced off.  That pit is not in the area described by Tony Youles as the Delves Enclosure, which is near Brierley, but it is interesting how similar the pit that we have looked at is to this diagram of a delve. took me to a forum where railways are discussed.  On this link, the screenshot shows you the rail links in the Forest of Dean on an old map which, unfortunately, you cannot blow up.  However the link above the screenshot takes you to an on-line rail map which shows railway routes in the UK (  If you expand this so that you are concentrating on the Forest, you can manipulate it to look at the area you want.  It is possible to see historic railways and historic tramways, and on using the mouse to point to a particular line some information is provided and a relevant Google link.  The most obvious for our current Lidar square is the Monmouth Railway, which was a public tramroad. - The page on the Bygone Days website with another list of mines and their grid references but also links to many other places and things in the Forest to read about including scowles.  As above I’m not certain how accurate the grid references are. - Mine exploration, photographs and mining history for mine explorers, industrial archaeologists, researchers and mining historians.  May be useful in the future.  Input a mine name and if anything has been deposited about it (pictures, information, etc) then these can be looked at on line.  Nothing on any of those in the area we have been looking at.