Friday, 12 July 2013

The Big Dig

Well the time is almost upon us! When mattock and trowel will be put to work on the grounds of Petworth Park to help us to discover the secrets that have been under our feet for centuries. That’s right the Petworth dig is starting tomorrow (Saturday 13th July) and with over 40 volunteers hard at work we’re sure to discover lots of interesting items.

For those that haven’t heard about the dig we are carrying out an archaeological excavation on the West Lawn in front of Petworth House. We will be excavating in 7 trenches, over 9 days, in the hope of developing a better understanding of the former North Wing (which was demolished in the 17th century) and the Petworth grounds, which were transformed by ‘Capability’ Brown in the 18th century from formal gardens and into a naturalistic park. So will we find the floors of the original Manor House, or the fountain from the parterre? Who knows, but it is certainly going to be exciting finding out!

Whilst we will be updating the blog regularly, with posts including photos and video, why not come down and take a look for yourself. There will be plenty to see and discover. The trenches and the finds tent will be open for you to take a close look, and tours of the site will be carried out everyday (12 noon and 3pm on weekends and 3.30pm on weekdays). You can also walk the archaeology trail, which takes you, self guided, around the park to explore all the archaeological features that remain of long gone buildings, forgotten lanes and the demolished sections of Tillington village.  What's more, on both weekends we will have many activities going on including historical cookery demonstrations (13th and 14th July) and Armour and weapons handling (20th and 21st July). What better way to spend a lovely summer’s day!

Hope to see you all soon.

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