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Clare Castle Excavation

Author: Cambridge ACA Published: 30th March 2013 10:03

 Clare Castle

Access Cambridge Archaeology, on behalf of the Heritage Lottery Funded Managing a Masterpiece landscape partnership project in the Stour Valley, is running a nine day public programme of community archaeological excavations and test-pit digging in Clare between Thursday 23rd and Friday 31st May 2013, including the late May Bank Holiday weekend. The excavations will be directed by Carenza Lewis, well known from Channel 4’s Time Team and BBC’s Story of England.

The excavations will take place in Clare Country Park in the former bailey of Clare Castle, a medieval motte-and-bailey castle of Norman origin that lies adjacent to the River Stour in the southern part of the historic market town. The castle itself includes one of the largest mottes in England, and was the possession of one of most powerful Norman families from the eleventh century. The castle forms an integral part of a town which test pitting led by Access Cambridge Archaeology indicated was enlarged and replanned in the eleventh century, either before or shortly after the Conquest (Lewis and Ranson 2011). Please see our website for details of the 2011 community test pit excavations which took place in Clare.

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At 07:24 on 29th May 2013, Frank commented:
Whether you want a pleasant walk by the river, a picnic,
a climb to the Castle ruins or fun with the children in the play area,Clare Country Park is a lovely experience - and has good adjacent car parking too.

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