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Pontefract General Infirmary

posted 15 Jul 2011, 02:03 by Paul Brayford   [ updated 10 Mar 2013, 16:20 ]
Pontefract and District Archaeological Society (PontArch) will be excavating on the site of St Richard's Dominican Friary in Pontefract from Tuesday 26 July. The focus of work will be on a medieval and post-medieval cemetery to the north of the friary site.

Consort Healthcare have provided generous financial backing and logistical support (parking, loos, cover, etc) and access to heavy machinery. 
Archaeological Services West Yorkshire will supply  tools etc.

Excavations will begin on Tuesday, 26 July, andcontinue through August into September.  Members of Yorkshire archaeological societies, and other experienced and interested individuals, are welcome to join PontArch and take part in the dig. 

The excavation will be directed by PontArch Field Director, Simon Tomson, whilst member Dr J McNaught will be in charge of the palaeopathological aspects and post excavation analyses.

Only fully paid-up members of PontArch can take part - this is a requirement of the insurance. Participants will be asked to show their current membership cards. An application form is available from Bob Evison, PontArch's Treasurer by emailing

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