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Dig deep in to the past at our Archaeology Day

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Published: 24/07/2013

The Archaeology Day promises something for the entire family with attractions including geophysics, Medieval archery displays and an opportunity to have a go at the ancient art of flint knapping. There will be an eighteenth century apothecary in attendance (an old fashioned pharmacist), plus there will be a chance to learn about different time periods from pre-history to World War II.

The day also offers an opportunity to see the results of the South Gloucestershire Community Archaeology Research Project (SCARP) presented in a new booklet and exhibition that is currently located at the Yate and District Heritage Centre.

SCARP is a two year Heritage Lottery Funded (HLF) project which has been completed this year. Local groups were supported in researching their local historic environment and archaeological sites in South Gloucestershire, and they have made some remarkable discoveries that include finding evidence of internal occupation at Horton Camp Hillfort and revealing that Winterbourne Barn was once surrounded by a large moat. A booklet has been produced showcasing all of the results which will be on display at the Yate and District Heritage Centre until 2 August.

Paul Driscoll, the council’s archaeology and historic environment record officer and part-time archaeology tutor at the University of Bristol, said: “South Gloucestershire boasts a rich and varied archaeological heritage. From Iron Age hill forts to Roman towns, Saxon churches, medieval barns, Tudor courtier mansions, industrial brassworks, collieries and WWII defences, we have a wealth of archaeological sites on offer. Come along to our Archaeology Day on Saturday 27 July to find out more.”

The Archaeology Day has been organised by South Gloucestershire Council in partnership with Yate Heritage Centre and Yate Town Council, and takes place from 10.30am to 4pm on Saturday 27 July at the Yate and District Heritage Centre, Church Road, Yate BS37 5BG.

For more information please telephone 01454 862200 or visit

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