A summer of free archaeological events
As part of our Heritage Lottery Fund-supported ‘Hidden Heritage of the Gaywood River’ project, a range of free community archaeology events are scheduled from the first week of May to mid-September.
- Mini Time Team Excavations
- Artefact Collection and Learning Dayschools
- Public Lectures
- Heritage Skills Roadshows
Mini Time Team Excavations – 5 and 6 May, 4 and 5 August, 10am to 4pm
Over these weekends, participants will excavate 1m2 pits in gardens and open spaces around King’s Lynn. Working in small teams with volunteers and archaeologists, participants will learn to sample and excavate methodically. Guidance on recording, drawing, photographing and describing strata, soils, and the artefacts found will be given. All equipment will be provided.
Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 May – Gaywood River
This weekend will explore the origins of Gaywood, and attempt to locate a mid-to-late Saxon settlement by the Gaywood River. Booking is not required, just meet for registration and an introduction at Gaywood Library.
Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 August – Kettlewell Lane
The second weekend will explore the location of the ancient water-mill, including the medieval East Gate, the town’s wall/fortifications, and a possible way-side chapel; a stop-off point for pilgrims on the way to Walsingham. Booking is not required, just meet for registration and an introduction at a gazebo at the gate of Kettlewell Lane Gardens.
These excavations are perfect for anyone with an interest in history, who’d like to try being an archaeologist for a weekend on their very own dig. Children accompanied by adults are welcome.
Artefact Collection and Learning Dayschools – 12 May and 11 August, 11am to 3pm, Gaywood Library
These two dayschools will look at the results of the Mini Time Team Excavations. Participants will examine the pottery sherds, stone, and all other artefacts found, and sort, wash, weigh and identify them, so each excavated layer can be dated and better understood. Artefacts of different date, material, technology and origin, will be discussed and identified. This event is open to anyone who is interested in archaeology and artefacts, not just those who took part in the excavations.
Booking is not required.
Public Lectures – 6pm to 8pm, Gaywood Library
12 May – “Bishop’s Lynn with or without Gaywood?”
15 September – “Landscape Archaeology and the River Gaywood”
In these fascinating free lectures, knowledgeable experts and researchers will explore documents and artefacts that give clues to the origins of Gaywood. Enjoyable bite-size summaries of years of historical study will also examine the medieval origins of Lynn. Some preliminary results from the Mini Time Team excavations will be presented for the first time.
Booking is not required.