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Dig provides no evidence of Kidderminster's Saxon monastery
7:40am Friday 20th September 2013 in Local
AN archaeological dig in Kidderminster has failed to find evidence of the town’s missing Saxon monastery in the churchyard at St Mary’s.
The Kidderminster Civic Society is “quite sure” there is no structure buried in the churchyard.
The dig, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, took place after a radar survey carried out in 2006 appeared to show a building.
Historians now believe that the survey might have been showing a contrast between pristine sand and a different type of soil.
Project leader Nigel Gilbert said: “We are now quite sure we are not going to find a structure. We are disappointed.
“On Monday last week, I rang Jimmy Adcock, who led the radar survey for GSB Prospection Ltd in 2006, and told him we were revealing pristine sand not a building.
“He said that the solid radar images which had been interpreted as a structure in 2006 might in fact refer to the contrast between pristine sand and a layer above it of very different soil. He also said the Kidderminster dig might lead to a bit of a rethink of Geophysics.”
The dig is in its last week and will finish on Saturday with backfilling taking place on Mondayand Tuesday.
Mr Gilbert added: “Nevertheless the dig has been a wonderful success in terms of being a community dig.
“We have succeeded in raising the historical profile of the town. The two open days have been excellent. On Saturday just gone we again had two or three hundred visitors.
“Also, I am sure that when the finds are analysed, we will add to our knowledge of Kidderminster.”
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