North Duffield Big Village Dig Sat 16–Sun 17 July 10.30–18.00

posted 8 Jul 2011, 08:37 by Paul Brayford   [ updated 8 Jul 2011, 08:38 ]

Big Village Dig

County: North Yorkshire

Sat 16–Sun 17 July 10.30–18.00

Test pits in residents gardens to investigate archaeology of the village.

In excess of 20 residents have made a 1x1m square area of their garden available for a test pit for digging either by themselves, under expert supervision, or by experienced staff where the householder is unwilling or unable to do it themselves.

A control centre will be established in the Kings Arms to provide support and respond to special requests for advice or equipment. University of York Archaeology Students, student members of the AND group and experienced excavators will supervise the test pits. York Archaeological Trust will provide professional archaeologists and bone and ceramic experts to co-ordinate identification of finds.

Finds will be on display in a ‘Finds’ Marquee on the village Green where local Society members will be on hand to discuss the project and explain a static display of field-walking finds from recent fieldwork in the village plus results of recent geophysical surveys undertaken in the area.

A ‘live’ test pit excavation will take place on the village green to investigate anomalies discovered by resistivity, to demonstrate excavation techniques including, it is hoped, understanding contexts and recovery of artefacts.

It is anticipated that traces of the early existence of the village will be found to compliment the results of the various other fieldwork taking place to better understand the heritage of North Duffield.

Residents and non-residents are cordially invited to witness a ‘Live’ Archaeology event.

Refreshments available in the Kings Arms (Dig Control Centre).

Location: North Duffield Village- various addresses, Selby YO8. Situated on A163 between Barlby and Holme-on-Spalding-Moor, 3 miles from junction with A19, 6 miles from Selby, 12 miles South of York.

Org: North Duffield Conservation and Local History Society (Archaeology North Duffield)
Name: Brian Elsey
Tel: 07971 220737