Monday, 4 July 2011

Dig - Budding archaeologists can get their hands dirty (Besthorpe)

PEOPLE can try their hand at digging into the past this summer.

Community archaeologists from Notts County Council have organised a two-week community dig at Besthorpe Quarry near Newark.

It will take place over two weeks from August 8 to 19.

Up to 20 people will be able to take part each day, joining the community archaeologists, professionals from the University of Salford's Archaeology Unit, and volunteers from community groups in Manchester.

The event is part of the Trent Vale Landscape Partnership project, to celebrate the heritage of Trent Valley between Newark and West Stockwith.

Main partner Notts Wildlife Trust is overseeing the creation of new wetland habitat at Besthorpe Nature Reserve, a former gravel extraction site near Besthorpe Quarry.

There will be an open day at the reserve on Saturday, July 23, as part of the Festival of British Archaeology.

For more information about the events email Emily Gillott at


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