The Broomridge Dig Open Day

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A project by Manchester Metropolitan University to investigate the site of several Neolithic and Early Bronze Age round barrows, excavated by Canon Greenwell in the 19th Century and recorded on early edition Ordnance Survey mapping, will take place to the south of the chimney at Ford Moss during late August with an Open Day being held on Wednesday 26th, between 9am & 5pm.

The aim of the project is to recover dating and environmental information relating to the Neolithic barrow in the complex in order to better understand the links between Neolithic and Early Bronze Age burial practices in this region as well as training university students in the practice of archaeological excavation and recording.  

This picture shows students hard at work on the second day of the dig, eagerly anticipating what the soil below may reveal following removal of the turf layer.  The next stage is to grid the trench -rather like ‘battleships and cruisers’ - giving students squares each to carefully trowel down to the layer beneath. By the time of the open day it should be clear whether or not the geophysics relied upon to indicate where the barrow stood, has been accurate, and if anything remains of it.

The project director, Dr Ben Edwards, will be supported by an advisary group of local and regional experts.



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