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Dig Participant Guide

datePosted on 16:52, October 20th, 2020 by Website Admin

Please click HERE to access the Dig Participant Guide

Please click HERE for the 2020 Hyde900 Community Dig Site Map


We would recommend that you join Hyde900 as this will enable you be alerted to future digs – and the many other exciting events put on by Hyde900.

For more information about participating in the dig click here


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Hyde900 have organised a further community dig event to take place October 22nd to 25th to coincide with the Council of British Archaeology Festival of Archaeology and Hyde900’s annual King Alfred Weekend. Extensive COVID-19 mitigation measures are in place to make this as safe an experience as possible, and the dig meets government guidelines in full. However local and national guidelines may change at any time prior to the dig which might lead to its postponement. In this case all those booked will be contacted immediately.

Due to these restrictions the number of places on the dig this year is severely restricted, so we advise booking as soon as possible.

The cost per 2 hour session is £12 unless you are a member of Hyde900, in which case the cost is £8Children 11 and under are free.

Membership of Hyde900 costs £10/year for individual members£15/year for households.

We would recommend that you join Hyde900 as this will enable you be alerted to future digs – and the many other exciting events put on by Hyde900.


The history of Hyde Abbey and the 2020 Hyde900 Community Dig: an introduction by Professor Martin Biddle


Please note the following additional points in respect of any booking
  • Should the dig have to be postponed, your fees will be refunded on request, or held over against any a booking at a future Hyde900 event
  • Any participant under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult and will need to be booked in.
  • You will receive a confirmation of booking following completion of your booking(s).
  • There are certain COVID-19 measures which are requirements of attendance at the dig. These include the need to wear face coverings unless the participants are under 12 years old or have particular health conditions.
  • A further confirmation of booking will be sent 4 days in advance of the start of the dig with detailed instructions on the need for Covid-19 precautions together with joining instructions

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You can still learn about archaeology and be trained in finds processing – unless there are further changes to government guidelines!

As you will be aware, from Monday 14th September new regulations have been introduced, restricting social gatherings to no  more than 6 people, both inside and outside. Unless government guidelines change, we are planning to operate the dig as four or five separate and independant events, each with Covid-19 mitigation measures in place to protect both the participants taking part and the volunteers organising and managing the dig.

We want to reassure you that we are taking all possible precautions to make the sites as safe as possible and look forward to seeing you on site soon.

We hope very much to be able to offer an exciting opportunity for you to get involved in the dig with many opportunities such as excavating, finds processing and logging finds.

To be kept informed on the dig and other exciting Hyde900 projects, you can register HERE .

Digging under way on a recent dig
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Local resident and owner of the garden yielding the arch fragments, Chris Prior, spotted interesting stonework and tiles in a skip outside a house at the top end of his road. The discovery was to lead him to the remains of a previously unknown medieval building:

  • Flint faced foundations of a wall, over one metre wide, is in exact alignment with the cloister buildings.
  • A densely packed 10 to 20cm thick layer of shells, mainly oyster, but including mussels, whelks, and winkles, possibly indicating the site of the abbey kitchens.
  • Other finds including stonework, brick and tiles dating mainly from the 12th century to late medieval..

A hugely exciting discovery – to be investigated further in the Hyde900 Community Dig, now scheduled for 22 to 25 October. Bookings will open towards the end of September.

For further information see the press release and to see additional additional photos please click read more below.

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2020 Hyde900 Community Dig Update

datePosted on 10:21, March 19th, 2020 by Website Admin

Hyde900 have taken the decision along with other similar organisations and events to postpone the annual community dig until October. We hope very much to be able to offer an exciting opportunity for you to get involved in the dig with many opportunities such as excavating, finds processing and logging finds. We will keep you updated on the website. In the meantime the Hyde900 team are working hard to create an extra activity pack this year which will be featured online in the coming weeks, so that you can learn more about Hyde900 and the history of Hyde.  This online pack will have a variety of activities for adults and children, which we hope you will enjoy. In the meantime, please do feel free to register your interest in our future dig.

Young archaeologists in the making at the 2017 Hyde900 Community Dig
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The Fun Finds Day ( June 2018)

datePosted on 12:03, June 29th, 2018 by Website Admin

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After the dig

datePosted on 15:03, May 1st, 2018 by Rebecca Horsfall

So how did the dig go?

It’s all over at the Hyde900 community dig for another year, apart from the examination and interpretation which will go on for some months. The trenches are back-filled, the finds are cleaned and catalogued, and the data are being collated. Here, some members of the dig team give us their impressions of how the dig went and what we’ve learned from it so far…

In more detail…

We have been extremely lucky to have had the participation of Dr John Crook, archaeological consultant to Winchester Cathedral, in the dig. He has laboured tirelessly in Trench 8 throughout all four days, with the help of volunteers from the community and the owner of the garden, Chris Prior, who had so generously moved his shed to enable the dig to take place where it had stood.

Those who took part in the dig may well be wondering what, exactly, we have learned so far from our excavations of the wall in Trench 8. Dr Crook took time out from wrapping up the excavation to give us this wonderful explanation of what the dig has taught us…

The operation of lifting the stones begins…

The careful task of lifting the 12th Century stones in Trench 8 has begun. A dozen magnificent arch stones (voussoirs) from the original cloister have been found, reused as part of a wall in the great 14th Century rebuild of the cloister range, and they all need to be lifted to protect them.
Here, while Hyde900’s David Sommerville back fills trenches in No.10, you can see the moment when Chris Prior, the owner of No14, lifts the first of the row of voussoirs while onlookers watch expectantly.

The clear up is underway…

Chris Prior lifting the voussoirs to protect them from future damage

The task of carefully lifting the voussoirs in Trench 8 has begun. Because they are so close to the surface they need to be lifted to protect them, and it is slow, painstaking work.

Between and above the voussoirs there are many other fragments of important and informative stone from the Norman abbey, reused as rubble, which are being removed for cleaning and cataloguing before they can be studied.

 

Susan Jones back filling one of the Trenches in No 10

 

Meanwhile, in the garden of No.10, the backfilling team are shovelling the sieved soil and rubble into wheelbarrows and refilling the trenches. A heroic effort by all concerned. The plan is to make sure the top layer that is returned is topsoil and not the rubble removed from lower down, so the householder, Chris Scott, will be able to plant a lawn or make flower beds.

 

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