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Volunteers can help excavate 2000 year old settlement
ARCHAEOLOGISTS are inviting the public to help excavate an ancient settlement in County Durham.
Volunteers can be a part of history by joining a community dig at Great Chilton, near Ferryhill, which starts on Wednesday, October 23.
The event will run until Friday, November 8 and experts hope to find out more about a farmstead that was inhabited more than 2000 years ago.
The dig follows the discovery last year of a series of round houses surrounded by a defensive ditch, which appear to have been occupied in the late Iron Age (500BC) into the Roman period.
This time the work will involve excavating the main entrance and what may be a large round house in the centre of the site.
Tony Devos, limestone landscapes programme manager, said: “We would really like people from the local community to come along and help.
“This is an opportunity to learn how to excavate archaeological remains and record and process what you find.
“No previous experience is needed as training will be provided.”
The work is part of the Limestone Landscapes Programme, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and hosted by Durham County Council.
Durham University's archaeological services will lead the work every weekday from October 23 to November 8, between 10am and 4pm.
For details call 0300-0267013.
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