Unearth ancient artefacts at Oakridge Lynch
ASPIRING archaeologists who want to try their hand at unearthing ancient artefacts from the distant past will get their chance at Oakridge Lynch this week.
The village’s history group has organised an event for people of all ages to learn basic excavation skills and field walking over three days from September 19 to 21.
With expert support from Gloucestershire Archaeology Service’s Anna Morris, the search will be on for evidence of Bronze Age settlements and early inhabitants of Oakridge Lynch.
John Loosley, of Oakridge History Group, which won Heritage Lottery funding for the community archaeology project, said: "We are very grateful to a local farmer who is allowing us onto his field for a morning’s field walking training, to be followed by actual excavations in the local allotments, which date back to 1869.
"It will be great fun for people of all ages. We are hoping to encourage school students with an interest in archaeology to come and have a go."
The village was once home to a wealthy Roman family.
Although the villa is no longer visible, there is still a lot of evidence of earlier settlements in the area.
"It’s a fantastic chance for people of all ages to learn some archaeological skills and to bring any finds they may already have which I can help identify," said Gloucestershire County Council archaeologist Anna Morris.
For more information call John Loosley on 01285 760460.
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