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2017 Community Dig Diary

datePosted on 11:49, April 26th, 2017 by Website Admin

April 26 – Set Up Day

The team arrived to collect equipment  for the dig which was duly moved to the gardens of 14 and 15 King Alfred Terrace, the site of the year’s dig and the second in the series of annual Hyde900 digs on the site of the church and cloisters of the lost minster of King Alfred the Great.

The position of the trenches had been the subject of several discussions – we had  the information on what had been found  during  gardening by Chris Prior, who with his wife Anne owned no 14.

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April 27 – Day One

P>The day got off to an early start with the writer getting to the BBC Radio Solent for an interview at 0725, followed by an hour of traffic jams to return to Winchester. Somewhat vital as I had the Organisation and Sign on tent in the back of the car. However, this was mantled in time to receive the first set of enthusiastic volunteers….

To view videos of the opening day of the dig see the link below.

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April 28 – Day Two

 

To view videos of todays dig see the link below.

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April 29 – Day Three

 

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April 30 – Day Four

The writer must apologise for the lack of written updates since Day One. His (inadequate) excuses include the unexpected number of participants in the dig (150 versus the – what we felt would be challenging – target of 100), the level of media interest (features on Solent Radio, visits to site for filming by ITV News and That’s Solent TV), and of course the totally amazing and  unexpected outcomes  of the dig itself……

 

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2017 Community Dig – Get Involved

datePosted on 21:25, April 20th, 2017 by Website Admin

Get Involved

Hyde900 trustee Rose Burns (left) interviewing householder Justine Field with Southampton Video Camera Club members Howard Blake and Karen wielding the equipment

Hyde900 trustee Rose Burns (left) interviewing householder Justine Field with Southampton Video Camera Club members Howard Blake and Karen wielding the equipment

Hyde900 trustee Rose Burns (left) interviewing householder Justine Field with Southampton Video Camera Club members Howard Blake and Karen wielding the equipment

Coming up shortly, the Second Annual Hyde900 Community Excavation will take place between 27 and 30 April 2017. The locations this year are in a pair of adjoining gardens in King Alfred Terrace belonging to Chris Prior and his wife Ann (at Number 14) and Justine Field (Number 15) . Material has already come up from the earth which strongly suggests that this area has strong potential for a number of different types of find. There is speculation that the south cloister of the abbey along with other buildings was roughly in this area. But exactly what will be turned up remains to be seen – that’s the exciting element of a dig. You can never quite tell what you will – or won’t – discover.
Currently the plan is that no less than four separate areas will be excavated with the work being undertaken by a combination of experienced archaeologists and local volunteers. As with the 2016 dig, there will be 2 hour slots for diggers, sievers and finds-processors and recorders to work under the supervision of WARG. In total there should be opportunities for more than 100 volunteers of all ages to take part. This means that we are keen to welcome new people – from school-children to the retired pensioner – to get involved for the first time. It requires concentration but it is a very sociable activity and holds out the possibility of a really exciting discovery.
An exciting new development this year is the filming of the event. Courtesy of Southampton Video Camera club the cameras will be there to record the highs and lows of the excavation – and to see yourself on youtube and our website as the dig progresses.
Hyde900 is grateful to our partners WARG and to the Heritage Lottery Fund, Winchester City Council, Adam Architecture and local estate agents, Belgarum for the support to enable these events to take place. Bookings will open on March 30th.St. Bede

 

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St. Bede Pupils Explore Mysteries of local Abbey with aid of Hyde900 – And come up with an exciting  NEW DISCOVERY!

Two pupils from St. Bede School, Thomas Agombar and Ezra Holliday, made an astonishing discovery
Two pupils from St. Bede School, Thomas Agombar and Ezra Holliday, made an astonishing discovery

Two pupils from St. Bede School, Thomas Agombar and Ezra Holliday, made an astonishing discovery within the precincts of Hyde Abbey last week as part of a project to turn the historic site into a learning resource for Year 5 pupils.

While inspecting the boundary wall of Adam Architecture (which is constructed entirely of materials sourced from the nearby abbey) the boys identified a medieval mason’s mark inscribed into a stone. “Mason’s marks were applied by the mason on stones they had carved, and were used as a method of calculating the payment due,” explained Hyde900 trustee and tour guide, David Spurling. “This is a unique find and none have previously been found in the Hyde area.”

The find was endorsed for its authenticity by the distinguished local architectural historian Dr. John Crook from Winchester Cathedral, “It’s undoubtedly a mason’s mark on that stone,” he said.

Deputy head and event coordinator for St. Bede, David Metcalfe, was enthusiastic about the implications of the discovery.

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Close up of Mason’s  Mark

 

“This was a really exciting event for our pupils, who just loved making rubbings of the stone. We hope that they will be able to research the mark and its age, and even find out the name of the mason involved.”

The mason’s mark ‘break-through’ gave a good start to the school’s first ever Archaeology Day when a team from Hyde900 supported by members of WARG introduced ninety children from Year 5 to the history and lay-out of the abbey and then provided the opportunity for the children to hone their research skills in sorting out archaeological finds provided by the Winchester Museum Service.

With funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (and additional financial assistance from Winchester City Council and local estate agency Belgarum) Hyde900 is currently embarked on a wide range of new initiatives to interpret the site of the abbey. This includes a major educational project to enable schools to learn more about the story of Hyde Abbey and King Alfred the Great whose bones are believed to still remain buried somewhere on the site.

“The area of Hyde Abbey offers a tremendous resource to enable children to investigate the fantastic medieval heritage of where they live,” said Caroline Scott, a member of the Hyde900 Committee. “What we are doing fits with Key Stages 1 and 2 of the National Curriculum and provides a great opportunity for children to develop a range of new insights and knowledge as well as extending their literacy skills though learning new technical terms. They also had fun designing new ‘funky’ habits for the monks reflecting a real controversy in the middle ages over what kind of attire was suitable for the monastery.”

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The image of the newly discovered mason’s mark by St Bede’s pupil  Ellie

 

In the course of a packed day of activity every child took part in a guided tour of the site and had the opportunity to identify architecturally interesting stones which had been recycled from the original abbey building. There was also the opportunity to take ‘stone rubbings’ and to participate in a workshop with local artist Kate Arnold to make ‘encaustic’ tiles similar to those which would have been found on the floor of the abbey. Having completed the day’s programme they were then each awarded a certificate by Hyde900.

 The responses from the children were very positive. “I liked going out on the archaeological walk and learning about the different types and shapes of stones and why they were there and what they told us about history,” said Matthew, while Atene commented ‘ I didn’t realise finding out about the past could be so interesting and fun!” Classmate Jack said, “I learned about whistle stones and that archaeologists need to draw the artefacts they find” and Faith added, “I have really enjoyed looking at the bones and the archaeologists bag of tools. I really like archaeology and it was interesting to see what they actually use on a dig.”

Headteacher Sarah Duck said that she was delighted to be working with Hyde900 and to take advantage of the historically important site which lay adjacent to the school. “It is an opportunity for immersive learning in a unique setting,” she said. “The children have really enjoyed all the different activities and I hope that they will now be able to look at their home area and see beneath the surface as to what a very interesting story it has to tell. This is just the start of something which will grow in the life of the school.”

St Bede’s pupils  busy at work tile-making

Sarah Duck, headmistress of the school, the Mayor, Cllr Jane Rutter, and Kate Arnold, artist. They are surrounded by St Bede’s pupils who are busy at work tile-making

Among visitors to St. Bede’s was the mayor Jane Rutter. “I’ve had the pleasure of going to a number of Hyde900 activities recently but this Archaeology Day is perhaps the one which will have the greatest impact in introducing our local children to an important aspect of the fascinating history of Winchester,” she said.”I hope that it will have a continuing effect.”
(photo – St Bede’s pupils  busy at work tile-making)
Arising out of St. Bede’s Archaeology Day ten free places are being offered to the school by Hyde900 for participation in the ‘Time Team’-style ‘Community Dig’ Excavation Project taking place in two gardens in King Alfred Terrace on April 27-30. This project is open to people of all ages.

“For too long the educational potential of the Hyde Abbey site has been overlooked,” said Hyde900 Founder, Edward Fennell. “We’re thrilled that St. Bede has been so positive about exploring the possibilities of what is available. But it is not just for children. Local people of all ages will find it very rewarding to look more closely at the remains of the abbey. It’s remarkable what you discover once you open your eyes and examine it with care.”

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Hyde900 St Bede’s Archaeology Day Certificate awarded to 5th year pupils

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2017 Community Dig Diary (April 27 Day 1)

datePosted on 12:03, April 20th, 2017 by Website Admin

April 27 Day 1 – The Dig Starts

 

 

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Diary  – 26 April: Setting up at King Alfred Terrace

The team arrived to collect equipment  for the dig which was duly moved to the gardens of 14 and 15 King Alfred Terrace, the site of the year’s dig and the second in the series of annual Hyde900 digs on the site of the church and cloisters of the lost minster of King Alfred the Great.

The position of the trenches had been the subject of several discussions – we had  the information on what had been found  during  gardening by Chris Prior, who with his wife Anne owned no 14.

The proposed trenches areas marked out together with areas to be occupied by the tote bins which this year are to be used to contain the spoil removed from the pits  by the diggers, after sieving. The number of trenches and the size of the gardens – not to mention the over 100 participants who would be taking part in the dig (in 2 hour sessions) – made it necessary to contain the spoil to minimise the space taken up by it.

The space constraints meant that the position of the tent for  the processing of the finds was located outside of the gardens, on te grass at the bottom of King Alfred Terrace, as with the tent for sign on and the display (hopefully) of finds.

The kit was as with last year supplied by WARG, and included the legendary orange gazebo seemingly made to withstand a tornado and rumoured to provide a visual transit point for incoming aircraft to nearby Southampton Airport – the WARG chairman, Chris Sellen being a keen and very experienced amateur pilot. WARG have once again recruited an experienced team of supervisors, many of whom participated in last year`s dig. Don Bryan was one such supervisor, who was interviewed recently at the site of this year’s dig.

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2017 Hyde900 Community Dig April 27th-30th

datePosted on 01:30, March 29th, 2017 by Website Admin

Bookings now open for the 2017 Hyde900 Community Dig April 27th-30th

Hyde900_communitydigHyde900 are organising a further community dig event to take place April 27th to 30th, following on from the highly successful event organised last year. We very much hope you will take part or visit the dig on the Open Day on Sunday April 30th. Full training will be given and booking is now open on.

 

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St. Bede Pupils Explore Mysteries of local Abbey with aid of Hyde900 – And come up with an exciting  NEW DISCOVERY!

Two pupils from St. Bede School, Thomas Agombar and Ezra Holliday, made an astonishing discovery

Two pupils from St. Bede School, Thomas Agombar and Ezra Holliday, made an astonishing discovery

Two pupils from St. Bede School, Thomas Agombar and Ezra Holliday, made an astonishing discovery within the precincts of Hyde Abbey last week as part of a project to turn the historic site into a learning resource for Year 5 pupils.

Read more…

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