The Dig

Recently, the NHA successfully bid for money from the Heritage Lottery Fund to complete a small community excavation in land adjacent to the Bishop’s Meadow. With the assistance of Banks Newton Heritage, this was carried out between the 5th and 15th of September.

Post Dig Update
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 this link —-> GALLERY

So what is the project all about?
This project is for the people of Nettleham to actively take part in an archaeological excavation and discover more about their heritage. Many local people only have
limited knowledge of this heritage and this is the ideal opportunity to change that.

Where did the excavations take place?
The ‘Bishop’s Meadow’ is where the dig took place. It is community land next to the medieval Bishops Palace.

When will it be?
The dates for the excavation phase of the project were Monday 5th September until Thursday 15th September 2016.
The project is still ongoing and there will be more opportunities for people to be involved with the post excavation work linked to the project and we will post this information on the front page of the website when these become available.

Who can take part?
This is a community excavation and as such anyone is welcome to come and join in.

What we already know and what we’d like to find out.
In 2014 the local school archaeology club (under expert guidance) dug several test pits, making interesting discoveries including unusual Saxon pottery. This has stimulated much interest in discovering if the extent of the Bishop’s Palace complex was even larger that thought.
We want to build on this current interest and investigate the extent of any archaeology in this area.

What we have already done.
We excavated two small trenches, provided school activities and involved the whole village in all aspects of the project including excavation, post-excavation, display and the dissemination of results. The priority is for local people, as volunteers, (including schools, groups & families) to learn new heritage skills (by working with
professional archaeologists) and learn more about their medieval heritage by being actively engaged in its discovery and exploration.


Dig Leaflet
Dig Volunteer Information Sheet

The project also received additional support from th