Thursday, 12 April 2012

Excavation - Mons Pool (Nottinghamshire)

Mons Pool Excavation

Mons Pool Excavation, near Collingham, will be open to Nottinghamshire’s Community archaeology volunteer diggers once again this year. For those who don't know the site, it is a multi-period settlement by the River Trent near Collingham (photos from previous years are up in the 'see what we do' section on the NCC website). It's a multi-period settlement stretching from the Late Roman period all the way back into Stone Age prehistory. It's a really great site, owned by LaFarge and excavated by the University of Salford. Excavation has taken place there for several years as the site is due to become a quarry. For the past few years Community Archaeology has worked with the University of Salford's team to open the site to volunteers, through the Heritage Lottery Funded Trent Vale project. This year is the LAST YEAR of excavation on the site, so this will be your last chance to contribute to the exploration of this settlement.

30th July to 3rd August - Archaeological Field School
This week is the Field School week. If you are interested in really getting to grips with archaeological fieldwork and learning about all the processes, then this week is for you! If you want to attend the field school you will be asked to come for the full 5 days, during which time they will take you through the processes of excavation and hopefully give you a really good grounding. This week will be ideal for the student or keen amateur. No experience necessary.

6th August to 17th August - Volunteer Excavation Fortnight
This fortnight is for anyone to come along to, whether you want to try your hand at excavation just for a day, or if you want to come for a longer period. No experience is necessary as we will take you through the processes. Please note; this is a commercial site and as such Community Archaeology are unable to offer weekend sessions.

18th August - Open Day
The dig site will be open to visitors, with finds on display and guided tours of the archaeology.

During the excavation there will be a variety of workshops for volunteers to get involved in, as well as the opportunity to help reconstruct one of the Roman pottery kilns found on the site. More details will be available as we get closer to July.

E-mail you would like to take part, or if you want to book. Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first-come-first served basis. The excavation is unsuitable for young children, and anyone under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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