During Winter 2019/20, we are partnering with DigVentures to undertake extensive archaeological exploration at our site in Little Wittenham, ahead of our Gateway project. This will allow us to discover more about how people in the past lived and used the green spaces we look after today.
As part of our archaeology season, we are inviting the public to come and see the dig for themselves through a number of events, including tours and Finds Lab sessions.
In 2020, there will be further opportunities to get involved through a community dig. Details will be announced soon, so do keep an eye on our archaeology page.
Tour the dig site
Join an archaeology tour to witness the dig in action. You’ll find out why the excavation is taking place, and what’s been found in previous explorations at Earth Trust. The tour will start with a fascinating 1 hour history walk around the Wittenham Clumps to find out more about their past, as well as to learn about the Earth Trust and the Gateway project. You’ll then be taken on a 1 hour guided tour of the dig site to meet archaeologists from DigVentures, see their discoveries and find out about Oxfordshire thousands of years ago.
An excavation is constantly evolving, with new discoveries being made every day. Come along to find out what, or who, we discover!
The tours will take place on specific Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from November 2019 to March 2020, either at 10am or 1pm; all dates and times are listed below. A maximum of 15 places are available on each tour and your place can be secured for £5 per person, with all funds raised going to support Earth Trust.
Please note that there is a moderate incline up to the top of the Wittenham Clumps during the history walk and you’ll need to be moderately fit to keep up! Conditions are also likely to be muddy, especially when visiting the dig site, so wellies are recommended.
Tour dates and times:
Tuesday 19th November, 10am-12pm Tuesday 26th November, 1pm-3pm Thursday 5th December, 10am-12pm Tuesday 10th December, 1pm-3pm Tuesday 17th December, 10am-12pm Thursday 2nd January, 1pm-3pm[fully booked] Tuesday 7th January, 10am-12pm Tuesday 14th January, 1pm-3pm[fully booked] Tuesday 21st January, 10am-12pm[fully booked] Thursday 30th January, 10am-12pm[fully booked] Tuesday 4th February, 1pm-3pm[fully booked]
- Tuesday 11th February, 10am-12pm
- Tuesday 18th February, 1pm-3pm
- Thursday 27th February, 10am-12pm
- Tuesday 3rd March, 1pm-3pm
- Thursday 12th March, 10am-12pm