A Dig in the Park by Jamie Lund, March 2015

Dig in the Park

In March 2015, Jamie Lund, regional archaeologist for the National Trust, gave a fascinating talk to a large audience, entitled Dig in the Park. The title refers to the community archaeological dig that took place in Sizergh Park in the sizzling weeks of July 2013.

Together with Levens Local History Society and the archaeological contractor, Oxford Archaeology North, 80 volunteers and children from local schools were involved in the investigation of three sites. Two training days prior to the dig were organised where the volunteers were able to participate and learn a wide range of archaeological tasks.

Jamie explained how a systematic, historic landscape survey of the estate in 2010 had shown over 250 new sites and from that the sites were chosen. He then went on to give a description of the excavation of the sites, the burnt mound, the mysterious bank and ditch feature and the building survey of the Great Barn. The fascinating interpretation of the evidence was explained very clearly and Jamie used slides which showed the step by step procedures and how aerial photography had been used throughout the dig to enhance their understanding.

The volunteers had the opportunity to work on each site and try new skills as well as learning much more about the history of Sizergh Park.

Barbara Copeland

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