An archaeologist shows children how to dig a test pit.
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Time Team-Style Archaeological Dig Coming To Charnwood Forest

Geopark offers unique opportunity for Year 9 and 10 students to take part in archaeological excavation.

We are so excited to announce that Time Team archaeologist Professor Carenza Lewis will be leading a schools’ dig in the heart of Charnwood Forest this spring! This FREE event is open to Year 9 and 10 students at secondary schools within and close to the Geopark. This is an amazing opportunity for students to get hands-on experience of an archaeological excavation at Beaumanor Park—a site spanning hundreds of years of occupation.

What Can I Expect?

Professor Lewis works at the University of Lincoln and has run school digs for more than 13 years and with over 7,000 students. The programme includes full training on test-pit excavation, recording observations and artefact handling and cleaning. On the final day, students will share their findings with the wider group through a short presentation. They will also have an opportunity to discuss how their findings contribute to the history of this incredible site.

When Is The Dig?

The dig will take place between 22-24 May 2024 at Beaumanor Park in Woodhouse. Students must be able to attend on all three days.

Who Can Apply?

Teachers from within or close to the Geopark can apply for places for Year 9 and 10 students. Home educators within or close to the Geopark can also apply where the young person is Year 9 or 10 aged. Places are strictly limited, so in the first instance please contact us to express your interest.

How Do I Apply?

Send in your expression of interest to our Heritage Education Officer, Susan Kilby, at as soon as possible. For each school group, ideally, we will require one accompanying adult to remain onsite for each day of the dig. We anticipate that we cannot take more than 10 students per school.

What Will Students Need?

Students should wear suitable clothing (including stout footwear and a waterproof) that they do not mind getting dirty. They will need to bring a packed lunch. There will be access to water to fill water
bottles. Designated toilet facilities are available onsite. All equipment will be provided.

For further information, contact Susan Kilby at

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