September 24, 2008

Volunteers Unearth the Past at Campus Site

A team of 20 volunteers started the community dig on Monday under the supervision of Cath Neal, of the university's archaeologydepartment.Over the next fortnight they will excavate the south of the site of a late Roman masonry building whose remains were unearthed by archaeologists earlier this year.The dig is close to where a 1,500 year-old skeleton was recently discovered.The volunteers are students on Higher York adult education courses and members of the Greater York Community Archaeology Project run by Jon Kenny of the York Archaeological Trust.Ms Neal said: "It's always been our intention to involve the community as much as possible in the archaeology of Heslington East. The next fortnight will give the volunteers a great opportunity for hands-on experience of excavating."

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