I have over ten years experience working in archaeology and outreach within the commercial, voluntary and local government heritage sectors in the south-east. I worked for Canterbury Archaeological Trust from February 2001 to January 2006, gaining invaluable site and outreach experience. Since January 2006 to present I have been responsible for outreach at the Surrey County Archaeological Unit as Archaeological Education Officer and Community Archaeologist. Both roles have aimed to provide greater access to archaeological resources, by promoting the understanding and enjoyment of Surrey’s historic environment. I have achieved this through a varied programme of formal and informal learning activities and events (such as community excavations, local archaeology projects and hands-on workshops), and by building and maintaining successful relationships with a diverse range of local residents and partners across the county. In a voluntary capacity I am Branch Leader for Canterbury Young Archaeologists’ Club (since November 2003). I am responsible for organising a varied programme of activities, keeping branch accounts and all communications with members, their parents and the Canterbury Branch leadership team.

The Final Day of the Woking Palace Archaeology Project on the Day of Archaeology

The Day of Archaeology coincided with the final day of the Woking Palace Archaeology Project.  We are in our final season of a three year project which has seen us discover more about this fascinating site.  To find out more see: Friends of Woking Palace

For the 2011 season we have opened up three areas:  Trench 12 to look at the kitchens, Trench 13 to look at the gatehouse and Trench 14 to investigate buildings to the north of the site, possibly the chapel for the Palace or a later kitchen area connected to the Great Hall (part of its walls were uncovered in the 2009 season).

Trench 14 was excavated by members of the public taking part in archaeology for the first time as part of the ‘Dig for a Day’ scheme.  This year we have had over 160 local people taking part in the dig, including local groups such as Woking Brownies, and the U3A.

The last day of public participation was on Thursday 28th, and by this time both Trenches 12 and 13 had been completed.  However, there was still plenty to do in Trench 14, so it was all hands to the trench to finish excavating and tidy the site for photos at lunch.  The team on the Day of Archaeology mainly consisted of members of the Surrey Archaeological Society and Friends of Woking Palace who have supported the project throughout.

A video-blog has been created of the dig in progress: Woking Palace Video Blogs

The Woking Palace Archaeology Project is a collaborative partnership project involving and supported by Woking Borough Council, Surrey County Council, Surrey Archaeological Society, the Friends of Woking Palace, Heritage Enterprise (Surrey County Archaeological Unit), Archaeology South-East, Quest (University of Reading), and the University of Nottingham.

Find out more about archaeology in Surrey here:

Community Archaeology in Surrey

Exploring Surrey’s Past

Surrey Heritage

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Abby Guinness
Community Archaeologist
Surrey County Council

 

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Laura completing her first wall sheet WP2011

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Father and daughter George and Beth finishing off their feature WP2011

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How many volunteers can you fit in Trench 14? WP2011