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Hatch Furlong Community Archaeology Trench 2008

Volunteers at work in the Community Archaeology TrenchOn 19 April 2008, a third season of work began on site at Hatch Furlong, near the centre of Ewell. This excavation is run as a training programme for archaeology students at Birkbeck University during the week, and as a dig for local archaeology society members (Ewell Historical & Archaeological Society, and Surrey Archaeological Society) at the weekend.

For the first time a trench was designated a Community Archaeology trench, and this was open to members of the local community to come along and take part, especially those who had always fancied a go at digging but had never had the opportunity before. People could do as much as they liked - some signed up for an hour, some for a day, and came back for more!The pottery dump from the 1970's finally located in 2008, on the last day of the dig!

In total over 70 people participated in the Community Archaeology trench, including several young members of the Bourne Hall museum club. Over a very wet two weeks, the group managed to uncover more of the Roman oven (previously uncovered in 2006), and investigate the remains of trenches dug by the local antiquarians in the 1970s.

Volunteers hard at work after all the rainA final season of work took place in April and May 2009. To find out more see Community Archaeology Trench 2009.

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