Friday, July 01, 2016

Dig the past?

Ever wanted to try your hand at archaeology? Then join West Essex Archaeological Group (WEAG) this summer for a season of public digs in Epping, Essex.

You can help to excavate a live archaeological site as part of the excavation of “Old” Copped Hall, ruined Tudor mansion, near Epping, Essex. It is an important archaeological site with a complex sequence of building phases and a recorded history running from 12th - 18th centuries.

The Copped Hall Trust Archaeology Project in conjunction with West Essex Archaeological Group will be running several digs this year – three Taster Weekends and two 5 day Field Schools.

The Taster Weekends, in July, are open to all including complete beginners, and are designed to teach the absolute basics of archaeology and excavation. Held during the Festival of British Archaeology, the weekends are on 16/17, 23/24 & 30/31 July and cost £60 per person per weekend.

The Field Schools, in August, are suitable for those who have already learned the basics of excavation and recording, either at Copped Hall or elsewhere, and wish to develop their skills further. The aim of the schools will also be to advance the investigation and understanding of the archaeology and history of old Copped Hall and its gardens. The Field Schools run from Saturday 13th to Wednesday 17th and Saturday 27th to Wednesday 31st August, and cost £100 per person per school.

Our digs are set in the beautiful grounds of “New” Copped Hall an 18th Century mansion currently under restoration by the Copped Hall Trust. 2016 marks the 15th year WEAG have been working with the Copped Hall Trust to uncover the history of the important former royal palace. An extra special year to join us in furthering our investigations!

WEAG, formed in 1958, is an independent local historical and archaeological group. They work to promote the advancement of knowledge and education through the study of archaeology and history in West Essex.

For further details and booking forms see
or contact Mr Andrew Madeley (tel: 020 8419 6514 email:
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