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Major archaeology project set to launch at Clare Castle Country Park




CLARE: £1.5m grant..Clare Castle Country Park has been awarded a £1.5 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, which will finance a wide range of projects...Clare Castle Country Park trustees Derek Blake, Richard Smith vice chairman Gregory Bray chairman, Derek Blake and Keith Mison...Picture Mark Westley. (3975199)
CLARE: £1.5m grant..Clare Castle Country Park has been awarded a £1.5 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, which will finance a wide range of projects...Clare Castle Country Park trustees Derek Blake, Richard Smith vice chairman Gregory Bray chairman, Derek Blake and Keith Mison...Picture Mark Westley. (3975199)

Members of the public are being invited to join experts from Suffolk Archaeology on a three-year excavation at Clare Castle Country Park.

The first phase of the project, which has been commissioned by the Clare Castle Country Park Trust after receiving a Heritage Lottery Fund grant, will run from September 10 to 28.

It will see digging take place on site, in an effort to find out more about the history of the area.

Alex Fisher, Suffolk Archaeology outreach officer, said: “Throughout the project, we will be moving into different areas and targetting those we think are of historical significance.

“We would expect to find some kind of structural materials there, which will be really interesting.”

The group is also keen to get the community involved by teaming up with local clubs and schools and recruiting volunteers to join them on site.

“A big part of this project is to get people involved, help them learn skills and get a better understanding of their area,” said Alex.

“Everyone knows the site, but they don’t actually know that much about it, so we’re giving them that chance to find out.”

The project will also give volunteers the chance to take part in workshops, to expand their archaeological skills and knowledge.

These will include geophysics training, plus sessions on animal bones and medieval pottery.

Around 40 volunteers have signed up, but limited spaces are still available.

If interested, send an email to joanna.caruth@suffolkarchaeology.co.uk.



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