Excavating opportunity for Leicestershire YAC

As mentioned in our latest newsletter, we are really excited to be able to offer our YAC members another opportunity to get their hands dirty excavating.

On Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th July the Charnwood Roots project is running a Community Archaeology project in Anstey, Leicestershire. The project is opening 30 Test-Pits across the village and we have been offered the opportunity to excavate a Test-Pit of our own from beginning to end. A Test-Pit is a small archaeological excavation, consisting of a square trench measuring 1m by 1m and up to 1m deep that can dug be by hand, by anyone, in an open space in their garden. The Test Pit is dug methodically, i.e. layer by layer, and carefully recorded, with the aim of identifying evidence of past human activity, usually by finding pieces of pottery and other material, or, if you’re lucky, archaeological features such as rubbish pits, building postholes or wall foundations.

This is an exciting opportunity to not only get another chance to excavate but to also contribute to research in a village that has not been studied in this way before. Because we have one test-pit on each day, we will need to ask that you pre-book. We need to let the group know who is coming and when, so we need to ask that you book no later than Friday 18th July with your preferences out of the following time-slots;

Saturday 26th July

9.30am – 12.00noon

1.00pm – 2.30pm

2.45pm – 4.15pm

Sunday 27th July

9.30am – 12.00noon

1.00pm – 2.30pm

2.45pm – 4.15pm

We will send you confirmation of your booking along with details about the day including where to go, time and what to bring. A briefing will also be provided on the day so that everyone can get stuck in and learn more about this village.

To book or if you have any questions about the day, please feel free to get in touch on LeicestershireYAC@gmail.com

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