LANt013 Stephen Saunders
LANDshapes Oral History interview summary
In this fascinating recording meet Steve Saunders, a Coalville
lad who really knows his landscape. An archaeologist from an early
age, Steve talks of his enthusiasm for nature and history 'Whenever
I could get out, I did get out and just roamed'. Discover how to
identify different pottery styles, learn about midden scatter, bell
pits and derricks and find out what the Romans got up to in the
North West Leicestershire / South Derbyshire areas. Hear about Steve's
saddle quern ' .it's 5000 years old', and an Acheulean hand
axe found in Snibston 'that's as old as anything that's been made
in Britain, 500,000 years old' and which was ' found by somebody
out walking his dog'. Share in Steve's love for the history and
heritage of his area as he says 'I think people ought to realise
how much this district, in different ways . has contributed
to things like the war efforts in the amount of coal and corn and
wheat they've grown. They really did push the boat out and
that meant a lot of sacrifice on the landscape .Things like
standing stones and barrows, they just got hammered and ploughed
out an pulled down'. And hear about Steve's favourite place 'It's
got everything eolithic Bronze Age moot sites
a sacred landscape littered with beaker burials and barrows .
it's just an incredible landscape'.
Interviewer: Roger Kitchen.
Interview Date: 01/03/2005
Landshape Zone: Leicestershire and Derbyshire Coalfield
Location: Ibstock, Leicestershire,
Date of birth: 11/1966
Location of Original: Originals held with The National Forest Company.