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Alton Big Dig:  14-28 July 2019

What are we doing and why?

What activities can I be involved in?

How can I take part?

Can I help sponsor the event?

What have we found so far during the Dig?

What was it?


The Alton Big Dig was a community archaeology event that took place in the Alton Public Gardens between 14-28 July 2019.  Members of the public were be able to take part and, because the event was registered with the Festival of Archaeology, all participants were covered by free liability insurance arranged by the Council for British Archaeology.

The event was organised by Liss Archaeology, the community archaeology group for East Hampshire with 160 volunteer members working under the supervision of professional archaeologists, who have experience of archaeology excavations on Romano-British sites at Liss Roman Villa, Colemore and Stroud (near Petersfield).

The event took place in collaboration with Alton Town Council, the Hampshire Cultural Trust (Curtis Museum), the Friends of the Curtis Museum and Allen Gallery, and various other local community groups.

The aim was to determine whether, as we have now confirmed, there were archaeological remains in Alton Public Gardens and possibly in nearby private gardens.  To see what was achieved during the first Alton Big Dig please read our day-by-day blog via the button below.

Given the success of the first Alton Big Dig, we hope to return next summer.

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