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Digging into the Past: Community Archaeology Volunteers wanted

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Severn Valley Country Park is looking for budding archaeologists to take part on a community archaeology project this October as volunteers.

As part of the Severn Valley Lives in the Landscape project, professional archaeologists will be excavating the remains of Wood Cottage – which is located in Hall Close Coppice near the banks of the River Severn.

An image of two volunteers working on a previous archaeology project.

Volunteers working on a previous archaeology project

These volunteer days are free of charge and will take place on Wednesday 9, Friday 10, Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 October from 10am-2pm.

Community archaeology volunteers will get a hands-on practical experience of archaeology and learn new skills from our professional archaeologists like, archaeological excavation, site photography, written recording, scaled drawings, levelling, and finds analysis. It will be an exciting opportunity to learn new skills and discover more about the history of the cottage and the Country Park.

Project officer for the Severn Valley Lives in the Landscape project, Sarah Croft, said:

“Through this excavation work we hope to uncover some hidden pieces of the human story of Wood Cottage. We want to paint a picture of what life was like living on the banks of the River Severn, through what we discover. It will be an excellent opportunity for volunteers to learn new skills and more about the area along the way.”

Lezley Picton, Shropshire Council Cabinet member for culture, leisure, communications and waste, said:

“Shropshire has a rich history and this includes the Severn Valley. It’s great that Wood Cottage is to be excavated as we look to learn more about life in the Severn Valley through this project.

“Volunteers on recent excavations at Shrewsbury Castle and Nesscliffe Hillfort have thoroughly enjoyed the experience so I would encourage you to volunteer on this dig.”

Booking is essential as a maximum of 5 people can attend each day, and attendees much be over 18. To book your place or find out more please call 01746 781192.

Volunteers will need bring lunch with them or purchase food from the visitor centre café. They will also need to wear sturdy footwear and clothing suitable for outdoor work. All tools and personal protective equipment will be provided, as well as hot drinks and biscuits.

The project is supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Shropshire Council and The Jean Jackson Charitable Trust.

Severn Valley Country Park is managed and maintained by Shropshire Council.