Big dig gets underway at Oldbury hill fort

June 23 2017

AN archaeological dig has just started to investigate an Iron Age camp in Oldbury-on-Severn.

AN archaeological dig has just started to investigate an Iron Age camp in Oldbury-on-Severn.

The dig will run until early July and is part of a project called A Forgotten Landscape, which aims to conserve and enhance the Lower Severn Vale Levels, improve community access and get more people involved with the area’s natural and cultural heritage.

During the past 18 months, volunteer archaeologists have used a range of techniques to survey the camp, which is called the Toot, in preparation for the “big dig”.

In addition to two main trenches on the Toot itself, the team also hope to dig a series of test pits around the village if Oldbury householders volunteer the use of their gardens.

The pits will help the archaeologists understand the setting of the fort and how it has influenced the settlement that developed around it.

Linked to the dig are a number of events, from tours to talks and a finds roadshow.

Organisers said the programme of events would give people the chance to learn more about the project and what has already been found.

Four of the guided tours of the dig site take place on Saturday and Sunday, June 24 and 25, at 2.30pm and 3.30pm on both days. Those interested should meet at the village’s Memorial Hall. Two others will be held at the same times on Saturday, July 1.

Details of all the events can be found on the project website www.aforgottenlandscape.org.uk where more information is also available on the project.