Digging in to learn about the past

The big dig at Caistor EMN-140108-122602001
The big dig at Caistor EMN-140108-122602001

Local school children and members of the public were able to get hands on with history as part of the festival of archaeology.

An archaeological dig was held at Caistor’s Cromwell View, next to the suspected location of Caistor’s Roman Wall, as part of the community project and was led by community archaeologists from Bishop Grosseteste University Lincoln, supported by Caistor Arts and Heritage Centre and Down Your Wolds.

During the three days of digging, more than 250 local people were shown the basics of archaeology including trowel techniques and identification.

“This was a fantastic opportunity for local people to discover more about Caistor’s history and what lies beneath their feet as well as learning new skills which could lead to a new hobby or career path,” said Stephanie Dale, Manager of CAHC.

“We were very pleased that the Down Your Wolds project agreed to fund this event and hope that we can plan more hands on activities in the future.”

The dig was also part of British Archaeology Week, a national event which saw more than 1,000 events taking place across the British Isles.

And among the other events during festival week were a behind the scenes tour of Nettleton ironstone mines, a morning course on archaeological methods and aims at Walesby and a walk on a local medieval settlement.

For information on other activities with the Down Your Wold project visit www.down-your-wold.co.uk