2020 Hyde900 Community Dig Update

datePosted on 10:21, March 19th, 2020

Hyde900 are organising a further community dig event for 2020. This has been planned to take place from 21st to 25th May, with bookings commencing March 19. However we are very aware of the current situation and we may well have to postpone the event to later in the year at a time it can be safely run within government guidelines. Hyde900 is making available an option to register interest in the event, so that those that may wish to take part can be kept up to date with the plans for the event and the opening of bookings. We do feel the dig is one activity which people may, by May, be not only permitted to undertake but it might be desirable for them to do.

Young archaeologists in the making at the 2017 Hyde900 Community Dig

The dig follows on from the highly successful events organised over 2016-18. We very much hope you will take part in this exciting dig or visit the dig on the Open Day on the Sunday of the dig. No experience is necessary and full training will be given. Participants of all ages are welcome and booking is now open.

The dig will take place at numbers 6 and 7 King Alfred Place, courtesy of Paul and Kath McCulloch and Kate and Reuben Noot. These gardens are of great interest as the dig is likely to find not only the foundations of the church, but also the foundations of the county bridewell, or prison, built over the site of the church in 1788, about which little is known. It is also recorded that this area was where the Norman capitals, now in St Bartholomew’s church, were found in the 1920s.

In addition to returning to a further garden in King Alfred Terrace. It was in the garden of no 14, owned by Chris and Ann Prior, that the stonework of the Norman cloister arch was found during the  2017-18 digs. This arch, together with associated finds, is now on display in the Winchester Museum .

We have confirmed that there will be a minimum of six exciting areas to excavate, and we are confident that if the pattern continues in terms of artefacts that have been found, there will be lots of exciting finds to discover and process!. Past Hyde900 digs include medieval and later pottery, Norman and late medieval stonework and glazed encaustic tiles.

We are lucky to have the support of WARG, who are providing a full roster of supervisors for all stages – digging, sieving, finds processing and recording, together with the equipment. David Ashby of the University of Winchester is Advisor to the dig, and we are also extremely lucky that Dr John Crook, Consultant Archaeologist to Winchester Cathedral will be with us for most of the event.

One of seven Norman capitals from the cloister of Hyde Abbey now in St Bartholomew`s church

Comments are closed.