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5. Archaeology up to 2017

Swinhope/Brookenby 15-30 September, 2018

 As recorded by Chairman David earlier, the dig was successful especially as a large area was exposed on the first day through the use of a mechanical digger for the first time. Many new features were found as some photos below may show. Jewellery such as a lady’s bangle still in a good state of preservation relatively were found, besides the occasional coin of the Roman period.

Site Director Professor Steve Willis of Kent University will, no doubt, eventually write his report on the site which will show its importance and the range of finds uncovered over the years. Next year attention will focus on an another area of that landscape as geophysics has shown a number of interesting features which further work from Kent University and our society will hopefully reveal.

Swinhope/Brookenby 10 – 23 September, 2017

Work involves Prof. Steven Willis and students from the University of Kent and members of the society led by Chairman David Robinson.

The dig was very successful this summer and the evidence continues to suggest that there is an high status building on the site. Society members attended on various days to help the excavations. A number of trenches were dug as shown in the following pictures. Various Roman coins were found of the second and third century AD by metal detectorists. During the excavations the walls of a large Roman aisled barn of approx.7m x 18m appeared with very substantial foundations indicating the possibility of this being a two storey building and is the third of such buildings to be found in Britain so it is obviously of great archaeological interest. Steve Willis using Uni of Kent staff has had half the site geo-phys’d (See below)and our Chairman David thinks it is essential that this is completed.



Old Clee Garden Dig 17/18 May 2017

“Chairman’s comment.

Hi Everybody

Thanks  for supporting the Old Clee Garden Dig, despite the weather I  think this was a very successful project well supported by the residents of Old Clee.

If you have any comments on the event, how it was organised or anything else you feel is relevant please let me know.

Kind regards  David R”


The dig was organised by the University of Cambridge under “Access Cambridge Archaeology” begun by Carenza Lewis who was made famous by the Channel 4 program “Time Team.” This is a community based project designed to give school pupils in different areas in the East Midland an opportunity to do some local archaeology in people’s back gardens. After a two day dig at Old Clee in some inclement weather pupils from a local secondary school went to Cambridge University to learn how to write a report on their findings and learn more about university life. This was a valuable experience for them and many pieces of pottery and other finds were made with members of the society helping the professionals in supervising the students and gaining a greater insight into the past history of Old Clee. TSW

Swinhope/Brookenby September, 2016

This dig was led by Professor Stephen Willis of the University of Kent Archaeology Faculty. Members of this society came each day during the two week length of the dig to lend their support. The following is Chairman David Robinson’s comment at the end of the dig.

“The dig closed down Saturday 01.10.2016 late afternoon, and it was a very successful two dig exercise, we gained much more knowledge about the site and this will allow us to plan next years programme with Dr Steve Willis.

I hope you all enjoyed taking part and gained something from it, and thanks to you all for your efforts we excavated some 53 square metres on site a super effort .”

Regards   David Robinson

According to Prof. Willis the dig revealed some wall foundatios of a Roman barn which may be only the second such barn discovered in a hundred years. A scattering of pottery and some coinage was found which will be examined for the official report on the dig.

A selection of photos follows which illustrate the site and key features such as the walls and post holes. The position of the site geographically is not shown to preserve the security of the site. TSW

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