York Dig's Open Day
6:00am 16th November 2012
(Updated 7:50am 16th November 2012)
People in York are being invited to join archaeologists this weekend at Poppleton Bar.
It'll be the last chance you get to visit the archaeological dig, before it becomes part of Access York's park and ride site.
AND you'll be able to work alongside professional archaeologist at the open event.
Its the first time an excavation has been set up on the Poppleton site so that members of the public can work side-by-side with commercial (professional) archaeologists to help unearth and research a part of York’s history.
By the time the excavation ends, nearly 200 residents of all ages will have taken part in the scheme and excavating over 20 trenches.
The excavation will throw light on the development of settlement and exploitation of this area in the late prehistoric and Romano-British periods.
Residents and those interested in what has been found on this site will be able to find out more during an open weekend starting today.
John Oxley, City of York Council archaeologist, said: “This archaeological project has been designed to explore how members of the public can come and volunteer on a dig and work alongside full-time archaeologists. Normal practice on commercial excavations would be to keep the public at arms-length as passive observers, sometimes not even given that opportunity. York has a excellent record in developing community archaeology. This project, probably the first in the UK to be set up this way, will see if community involvement can be taken to this level on most commercial archaeological projects in York”.
The open weekend starts today (Saturday 17th November) and finishes tomorrow (Sunday 18th November). There are lots of activities for children throughout the weekend.
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