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Open day for Kidderminster Saxon monastery dig
7:30am Wednesday 4th September 2013 in News
AN open day will be held in St Mary’s churchyard for people to see the dig for Kidderminster’s missing Saxon monastery in action.
The site will be open on Saturday between 10am to 4pm for visitors to view the Heritage Lottery-funded dig in its critical second week.
It is thought that by the end of the week, volunteers will have revealed what is buried there.
The dig is the second stage in the Kidderminster Civic Society’s project after a radar survey of the churchyard in 2006 found evidence of a structure several feet underground.
There will be guided tours taking place on Saturday as well as displays of pottery and artefacts. Experts will be on hand to explain what has been found and what it tells people about the site.
Leader of the Worcestershire County Council archaeological team Tom Vaughan said: “There is not a minster uncovered here yet, but we have begun to get an understanding of the site in more recent times.
"The first day of work was spent de-turfing the area to be excavated and following on from this the volunteers worked hard to remove the topsoil from our trench.
“This was of substantial depth in places and required a lot of digging and barrowing to get it all out. Under the topsoil is a sandy orange subsoil that we have now begun to expose and investigate.
“While this has been going on, other volunteers have been washing and sorting out the objects found within the soil and greeting visitors to the site to explain what we are doing.
"Throughout the topsoil we have encountered a variety of finds, many of which related to the modern use of the area as a landscaped garden space with a series of flower beds.
“However, we also found an eclectic collection of earlier objects in the soil that have included Georgian and Victorian pottery, prehistoric flint, floor tiles, bricks, clay tobacco pipes and a large amount of metalworking slag.
“There have also been a number of fragments of decorative iron railings that once encircled tombs, along with pieces of broken headstones."
Another open day will take place on Saturday, September 14.
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