Monthly Archives: September 2011

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

Join in the conversation at #surreyheritage

Abby Guinness
Community Archaeologist
Surrey County Council



Laura completing her first wall sheet WP2011

Woking Palace 2011

Father and daughter George and Beth finishing off their feature WP2011

Woking Palace 2011

How many volunteers can you fit in Trench 14? WP2011

Archaeology at the End of the Date Line – Vicarious Video from Nukunonu, Tokelau

Just west of here other countries are a day ahead. But here on Nukunonu atoll, we’re still living it up as Friday, the 29th of July 2011 .

Banter over date lines aside, the Day of Archaeology has come at a good time for us. Lots going on, and lots to report. Too much, really. We’re a diverse group of folks who have come together for the Tokelau Science Education and Research Project.

We’re interested in learning more about the prehistory of the three atolls that are to be found in this expanse of the Pacific Ocean, from the moment the very first human being landed on these coral-covered shores right through to the present day and the approximately 400 folks who continue to live beautiful lives here.

Of course archaeology is best experienced firsthand, but when that’s an impossibility the next best thing just might come from cameras. With that in mind, the team here (including both “outside” and “inside” members) has contributed a number of interviews and so I’ve cobbled together a short piece for your viewing, one that will hopefully get you just a bit closer to Tokelau and to everything we’re seeing and experiencing out here…

Cheers to all the other contributors and the organizers of Day of Archaeology, and all the best from Tokelau!

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