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Swadlincote excavating event is fun for all involved

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 29, 2014

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PEOPLE helped unearth artefacts from the past as part of a community archaeology event at a popular park.

Members of the public dusted off their old clothes and joined staff from Sharpe's Pottery Museum, in West Street, Swadlincote, to excavate though history at Eureka Park.

Spades and brushes were used to try to unearth treasure buried at the park as dozens of people descended on the site to enjoy the warm weather.

The event is part of a link-up between the museum, the Eureka Heritage Lottery Parks for People Project and adult community education in South Derbyshire to celebrate the Council for British Archaeology's Festival of Archaeology at the end of this month.

Beathan Scragg, Eureka Park co-ordinator for South Derbyshire District Council, said: "It was something a bit different to do this summer.

"The day included hands-on experience 'test-pitting' Eureka Park.

"This is an archaeological activity where some pits are dug into the ground to see what history lies beneath."

More information is available by visiting www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk

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