Novice archaeologists digging into salt-making past

.archeaological dig'willow tree fen nature reserve [re jean]'25/09/11'the dig under way-dinah smith [uni leicester geo dept] with gary taylor [arch proj services]
.archeaological dig'willow tree fen nature reserve [re jean]'25/09/11'the dig under way-dinah smith [uni leicester geo dept] with gary taylor [arch proj services]

ENTHUSIASTS of Channel 4’s Time Team had a chance to experience an archaeological dig on their doorstep at Willow Tree Fen nature reserve at the weekend.

The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust has commissioned Archaeological Project Services to organise the community archaeological excavation at the reserve on the Pode Hole to Tongue End road just outside Spalding.

Previous digs revealed salterns, or areas used to make salt, as well as ceramic debris and Roman domestic pottery.

Project manager Gary Taylor said a number of novice archaeologists had turned up at the dig sessions, as well as those with experience in unearthing the past.

He said: “People were very interested and there were quite a lot of visitors over the weekend. People seemed to really enjoy it and were wanting to come along again.”

There are archaeological dig sessions today, Friday and Saturday, from 9am to 12noon and 12.30pm to 3.30pm. Contact 01529 461618 or email willowtreefen@apsarchaeology.co.uk to book.