Hyde900 Community Dig 2017

27 Apr 2017 until 30 Apr 2017, 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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Winchester Mayor Jane Rutter Announces Further Plans for Community Archaeology by Hyde900 in 2017

Winchester Mayor Jane Rutter

Winchester Mayor Jane Rutter accepts personalised sieve from David Spurling, HYDE900’s Community Archaeology organiser, to mark her sign-up to next year’s dig

Taking centre-stage at the recent HYDE900 King Alfred Weekend exhibition was a display of finds from the community archaeology project undertaken earlier this year in a garden in King Alfred Place, Hyde. This revealed, among other things, the site of Hyde Abbey church’s south transept.

Following this success Mayor Jane Rutter announced on behalf of HYDE900, that there will be a further community excavation project in 2017 when work will commence on investigating two adjoining gardens in King Alfred Terrace. The Mayor was the first to sign up for the excavation, and was presented with a personalised sieve for her use by event organiser David Spurling.

Event organiser David Spurling, Westgate pupil Ben Holliday in the pit, with Steve Brine, and WARG supervisors Techer Jones and Don Bryan looking on

Event organiser David Spurling, Westgate pupil Ben Holliday in the pit, with Steve Brine,David Ashby, University of Winchester,  and WARG supervisors Techer Jones and Don Bryan looking on

Hyde900 Community Dig April 27th to 30th 2017

“We already have extensive material which has surfaced on the site thanks to the work of local resident Chris Prior who contacted us when he discovered a number of interesting stone while preparing the ground for his vegetable plot,” explained HYDE900’s David Spurling.

“An examination by Ross Lovett, formerly the head mason and conservator at Winchester Cathedral confirmed that the stone dated from the Norman period and also included high quality Purbeck stone which is thought to come from the interior of the abbey establishment.

We now plan to work with WARG next year to explore Chris Prior’s garden more thoroughly and also that of the next door neighbour Justine Field. We think that this could reveal for the first time detailed information about the south side of the abbey cloister.”

Hyde900 is delighted to announce that the 2017 Hyde900 Community Dig is being supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Belgarum Estate Agents and Winchester City Council.

Steve Brine with Hyde900 trustee Rose Burns sieving the spoil from the excavation looking for remains of the abbey church during the inaugural  2016 community dig

Steve Brine with Hyde900 trustee Rose Burns sieving the spoil from the excavation looking for remains of the abbey church during the inaugural 2016 community dig

The Hyde900 community archaeology project 2017 is scheduled for the 27th to 30th of April

At the exhibition the first to register to take part in the dig was the mayor of Winchester followed swiftly by local MP Steve Brine.

People of all ages who want to join them and get a sense of what might be called the ‘Time Team Experience’ can now register their interest.

There will be plenty of opportunities for local people – and those from further afield – to take part.

No prior experience is required.

To register for the dig, be kept informed of progress and receive priority when booking opens please fill the registration form below.

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