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Swadlincote park set to be dug up to unearth artefacts

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 04, 2014

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PEOPLE are being encouraged to help unearth artefacts from the past as part of community archaeology event at a popular park.

Members of the public are being invited dust off their old clothes and join staff from Sharpe’s Pottery Museum, in West Street, Swadlincote, to excavate though history at Eureka Park this summer.

Spades and brushes will be used to try and unearth treasure buried at the park as part of the national Festival of Archaeology 2014, which takes place from July 25 to July 27.

Jennifer Drapans, curator of Sharpe’s pottery museum, spoke to the Mail about the plans.

She said: “The days are guaranteed to be fun whatever we find.

“We expect to find lots of pot fragments of local potteries and if we dig a bit deeper we might to find something a bit older.

“Lots of fun is to be had all round.”

The event is part of a link-up between the museum, the Eureka Heritage Lottery Parks for People Project and adult community education 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’s something a bit different to do this summer.

“Everyone is welcome to join in and have a go.

“The day will include hands-on experience ‘test-pitting’ Eureka Park.

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

“The day will also include willow weaving and pottery making workshops.

“People of all ages and abilities are welcome.

“Additional activities will be put on for young people.”

Anyone who would like to participate in the event is urged to meet at the Eureka Park memorial gates at 11am on the any of the days.

The activities on each day will finish at 3pm prompt.

People are urged to prepare for all weather conditions and wear strong boots.

More inforation is available by visiting www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk or call Jen at Sharpe’s Pottery Museum on 01283 222600 or email jen.drapans@sharpespotterymuseum.org.uk

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