ACA are returning to Clare to lead a nine day public programme of community archaeological excavations. Visitors are welcome to see the trenches and finds excavated in Clare Country Park during excavation hours (9:30am-4pm). We will be offering 30 minute guided tours twice daily, at 12:30pm and at 3:30pm (meeting at the Malting Lane entrance to the park) from Thursday 23rd to Thursday 30th May (trenches will be backfilled on Friday 31st May).
There will be additional events at Clare Town Hall on Saturday 25th May to accompany the excavations taking place at Clare Castle. From 1 to 5pm, skeletons discovered during excavations at Clare Castle in 1951 will be on display. They have been recently studied by Dr Stuart Prior and Dr Heidi Dawson of the University of Bristol will be on hand to answer questions. Participants will be able to visit during the lunch break and/or after the excavation day. At 7pm, Dr Prior and Dr Dawson will be joined by Dr Carenza Lewis, University of Cambridge, for a public lecture on ‘Medieval Castles’. All are welcome to attend but please arrive promptly to ensure a seat.
The excavations will be run by Access Cambridge Archaeology as part of the Heritage Lottery Funded Managing a Masterpiece project which is about understanding, conserving and celebrating the Stour Valley.