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Goldingham Hall Archaeological Dig 11th - 13th September and future projects

Author: Laure Bonner Published: 11th September 2015 06:46

 Goldingham Dig

Goldingham Hall Archaeological Dig 11th - 13th September and future projects

Our last excavation of 2015 is fast approaching and applications are now open for our 11-13 September dig at Goldingham Hall. We are pleased to receive the second half of our grant from Braintree District Council allowing us to purchase additional equipment etc. and to have Cat Ranson and John Newman of Access Cambridge Archaeology assisting on site. I hope you are all as excited as we are to get back out doing some hands-on archaeological excavating!

The archaeological aims of this dig at Goldingham will be to tie up any loose ends by answering a few outstanding questions before we start writing the report on the last 3 years of excavating. To do that, we will be taking out the central bulk between existing trenches C and D (nearest the tea shed) as well as extending Trench E to reveal more of the dark ditch features. We will also open, by hand, a small exploratory trench, possibly nearer the pond, exact site yet to be determined. In true "Time Team" fashion whatever we open up must be finished by the end of Day 3. No pressure!

In order to secure your space, and places are limited due to insurance regulations, please email Jane and Ellie directly at travelsintime@live.com. They will then confirm your dates.

The day will run from 9.30am-4pm. Please arrive on site between 9.15 and 9.30. There will be a short briefing at 9.30am and we'll have a summary of the day's finds and results at 4pm.

Please bring a packed lunch with you. Tea and coffee will be available during morning break and lunch; we have some (rather fetching!) mugs on site but please bring your own if you like.

We advise you to be prepared for all weather conditions, so please bring waterproofs and also plenty of sun cream, etc. It's always best to layer. Shelter is available on site if it is needed, but we're keeping our fingers crossed for dry weather. Please also wear suitable footwear e.g. walking boots, Wellingtons or work boots.

We're not having a big Open Day this time, but family and friends are more than welcome and we'll hopefully have some local press coverage as well. The Gestingthorpe Flower Festival is the same weekend (see attached poster) so we decided to have a big Open Day in the future (date TBC) involving not only the archaeology of Goldingham Hall, but also the ovens, hovel, coracles etc. of the Gestingthorpe History Group. We'll keep you posted with any details.

Please look at the following link for directions of how to get to Goldingham Hall, if it is your first visit to the site:


For your satnav, use postcode CO10 7ER. There will be plenty of signs showing you where to park; some parking will be located at the edge of the field.

Please let me know if you need any further information on stourvalleyarchaeology@gmail.com.


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