Local History to be Unearthed at Excavation

Local History to be Unearthed at Excavation

Chapters of Lincolnshire’s history may soon be uncovered at a ground-breaking archaeological excavation in Swanpool.

Bishop Grosseteste University’s (BGU) annual Archaeology Field School will mark the beginning of a significant years-long archaeological research project. Launching in June, the project aims to explore a complex, multi-phased site at Haw Hill in the Swanpool area of Lincoln, which has never previously been subjected to archaeological excavation.

Located on the edge of the historic city of Lincoln, the site is believed to contain buried evidence of significant historical interest. A geophysical survey has already revealed indications of buried archaeology, and fieldwalking has uncovered prehistoric flint, Roman tile, butchered animal bones, worked limestone blocks, and inscribed post-Medieval tiles.

According to documentary evidence, Haw Hill was the site of a variety of buildings and structures, including: a small religious house, St Mary Magdalene Hartsholme Hospital, a Middle Saxon church, and more.

Jo Walker, Assistant Director for Western Growth Corridor at City of Lincoln Council said: “We are currently working with BGU to provide access to the land at Swanpool for this project.

“The site is within the wider boundary of the Western Growth Corridor area but is separate to the development proposals set out as part of the masterplan.

“We hope the project will bring many benefits in terms of skills, learning and a greater understanding of the historic value of the area.”

History and archaeology enthusiasts are invited to join the BGU Archaeology Field School over the course of four-weeks. Participants will receive training in field archaeology and excavation skills, post-excavation finds processing, and data recording. All training and teaching will be delivered by expert archaeologists and qualified site supervisors, overseen by a Director of Training and Welfare.

Dr Derwin Gregory, Archaeology and Heritage Programme Leader at BGU, said: “We are thrilled to launch this field school, which will not only give participants the chance to gain practical experience in field archaeology and excavation, but also provide valuable insights into the historical significance of Haw Hill.

“We hope that the Archaeological Research Project will uncover new information about the site’s past, and we look forward to seeing the excavation grow and evolve for years to come.”

Two bursaries are available to military families, supported by Wings to the Past. This project uses archaeology and heritage projects to support personal resilience amongst Royal Air Force personnel and their families. The bursaries will provide a unique opportunity for two military families to spend time together, learn new skills, and explore the heritage of their area.

The field school will run from Monday 12th June 2023 to Friday 7th July 2023. To register or learn more about the field school, email Derwin.Gregory@bishopg.ac.uk. With limited places available, early booking is recommended.

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