I have just picked up a copy of the latest Breckland Society publication Flint in the Brecks.
This is the illustrated report presenting research and fieldwork findings from a project which has been part of the Breaking New Ground landscape partnership scheme for the Brecks. Volunteers had the benefit of training in archival research into the history of flint-mining in the Brecks and also how to recognise evidence of mining and knapping in the landscape. The first comprehensive surveys were undertaken of the use of flint in Breckland churches and also of flint-mining sites. This data has added greatly to a wider understanding of this crucial aspect of the area’s heritage.
The report contains a wide range of photographs taken specially by Nick Ford, as well as accounts of two of the project’s key discoveries: the diaries of Frank Norgate, a late nineteenth century amateur archaeologist who documented the flint history of the area, and the remarkable flint murals of William Carter, a master flintknapper in Brandon.