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 experience the dig for themselves by getting involved with a Community Dig in March 2020. We are running a series of sessions specifically aimed at families during our Lambing Weekends (21st-22nd and 28th-29th March); we are also running adult only Dig Experience days 24th-27th March.
There are other ways in which you can get involved with the project – either join the archaeologists in the Finds Lab for a day, or attend an archaeology tour to learn about the history of the site.
Join in with Archaeology Dig Camp
Archaeology isn’t just for adults! Bring your child to Dig Camp to find out what it’s like to be an archaeologist, and have a chance to make your very own discovery together!
Archaeologists from DigVentures have recently discovered the remains of a vast Iron Age and Roman settlement on our site at Little Wittenham. Want to find out who lived here? And get your hands dirty on a real excavation? This is a unique opportunity for families to join archaeologists in the trenches, and learn how to uncover the past.
Each ticket covers one adult and one child. Together, you’ll get to spend two hours learning how to do archaeology, while actually helping to investigate the remains of an ancient roundhouse.
You’ll get to dig alongside DigVentures’ friendly team of expert archaeologists, and find out what it’s really like to be an archaeologist. We can’t wait to see what you might uncover!
We are running two sessions per day:
- Saturday 21st March – 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm
- Sunday 22nd March – 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm
- Saturday 28th March – 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm
- Sunday 29th March – 10.30am-12.30pm and 1.30pm-3.30pm
The Community Dig is taking place at the same time as our annual Lambing Festival, as an added benefit your Dig Camp ticket also provides entry to the Festival on that day.
Need to know information
DigCamp is suitable for families with children aged 6-11yrs. Each ticket provides a place for one parent and one child.
If you would like to bring an additional child, you will need to book an additional ticket and bring another accompanying adult.
Archaeology is fun, but it is outdoors fun! You need to make sure you and your child both have:
– Sturdy boots or wellies (you will not be able to dig in trainers or sandals)
– Warm clothes
– Snacks and drinks in case you feel peckish!
DigVentures is a team of professional archaeologists who specialise in running digs that anyone can be part of, and are recognised by the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists. With help from people all over the country, they’ve unearthed a medieval castle in Pontefract, excavated the famous Anglo-Saxon monastery at Lindisfarne, and investigated Bronze Age monuments in Lancashire. Now, you can help them investigate the Iron Age in Oxfordshire!