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5. Archaeology up to 2017

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 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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