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.
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