Digging opportunity at Syon Park

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This year’s Museum of London community and training excavations will take place at Syon Park in Hounslow, it has been announced.  

Both investigations will focus on the house of Sir Richard Wynne, a Parliamentarian on whose land  the 1641 Battle of Brentford was fought as anti-Royalist forces tried to stop Prince Rupert’s troops reaching London. The house was demolished in the 19th century but this summer archaeologists hope to  uncover  remains of the building and its grounds.

The site is  also close to the main Roman road leading from the capital to Silchester and previous excavations in the park have exposed a wealth of Roman archaeology. Hopes are high for more Roman finds this year.

This year’s training excavation promises to be our best yet – the site in steeped in history and we are relishing the idea of piecing the puzzle together,’  Kate Sumnall, Museum of London Community Archaeologist said: “We are proud to be able to say that every year the people taking part in the dig thoroughly enjoy themselves and come away with a greater understanding of practical archaeology and perhaps some mud too.’

The community dig is open to  school parties and local groups and runs from 25 June to 7 July, while the training dig, for students and interested individuals aged 18+, runs from 9 to 20 July.

Both excavations are  run in collaboration with the Museum of London, Syon Park and MOLA.


Full details

Community excavation
25 June – 7 July 2012 (bar Sunday 1 July)
2 sessions run daily, 10.00 – 12.00 and 13.00 – 15.00
The community excavation will provide an opportunity for local groups and schools to come to the site for a half day session and have a go at excavating an archaeological site.
Minimum age: 7
Cost: FREE to book email [email protected]
Maximum of 30 children (under 11) or 20 teenagers/adults (over 11) allowed per session.

Training excavation
9 – 13 and 16 – 20 July 2012
9.30 – 17.00 each day
The training excavation will provide two structured hands-on five-day courses, suitable for all levels, covering aspects of site survey, excavation and recording.
Minimum age: 18
Cost: £195 book via the box office 020 7001 9844

For more information and to book, contact Kath Creed or Kate Sumnall on 020 7814 5733 or [email protected]

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