Community Dig Celebration Event – 25th March 2017

Part of the display of finds from the dig.

The Nettleham Heritage Association invited everyone to their celebration event for the Bishops Meadow Community Dig. It took place in the Nettleham Hub and library on Saturday 25th March 2017 and ran between 1.00pm and 4.00pm. There was a small display of the finds, during the event we had a video of the dig itself running continually. The many visitors showed great interest and knowledge asking many pertinent questions

Cola was busy showing us all how to make butter in the traditional way. I must admit it tasted great. Whilst Avril, assisted by Cola, demonstrated their weaving skills

Below we have close-ups of some of the files on display

Roman Coin
wire Hawser with Eyelet
Clay Pipe Stems
Bone Needle
Ferrous Spike
Horseshoe Fiddle Key Nail

Plus of course the mandatory tea and cake which goes along with everything archaeological.

Finally let us not forget none of this could have been done without the

Heritage Lottery Fund

thank you so much


Digging ends but great time had by all.

With the excavation phase of the project now finished, we are delighted to report that the dig was an amazing success. We had an excellent turn out from the local residents and the every single pupil from Nettleham Junior school visited site and got to experience archaeology first hand. We also had many visitors to site including:- Nettleham Scouts, a local special needs day centre, two of the local walking groups, the U3A architecture group and the County Archaeologist.
We have gathered together some of the many pictures that we took over the two weeks and made a small gallery which you can view by clicking the link below!


The dig gets underway.

The first couple of days have passed us by really quickly and we’ve had a huge amount of interest already.
We’ve had lots of visits from the children of Nettleham Primary School (with more to come) and plenty of engagement with a number of local walking groups and visitors to the Bishops Palace site. It been great to be able to talk to many of the visitors about the heritage and history of the site and we’ve even had some of them join us for a go.

Archaeological drawing.
Finds washing.
A first go at some proper digging.
Using the sieves.

Don’t let us all forget the dig has only been made possible thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund