Hanleys Big Dig

As part of its Heritage Lottery Fund grant, The Hanleys’ Village Society plans to carry out a community dig in a field north of Quay Lane, Hanley Castle, leading down to the River Severn, during the last week in September and the first week in October.

A geophysical survey has revealed several interesting features that could date from Roman times, including ditched enclosures and the outline of what might have been a fortified farmhouse. Field walks have also found iron smelting slag of Roman date and fragments of 2nd-4th century jar and bowls.

Seven trenches will be excavated under supervision of the Worcestershire Archaeology Service in the hope of discovering further evidence of Roman occupation.

Volunteers are needed to work on this project, preferably for at least three days, from 24 September to 6 October. Training and equipment will be provided – no prior experience needed. County archaeologists will hold induction sessions every morning at the nearby Hanley Castle High School.

The WI will provide refreshments mid-morning and mid-afternoon, and on each of the two Saturdays the most interesting finds will be identified and displayed. Portaloos will be sited at the top of the field.

Anyone interested in contributing to the early history of Hanley Castle should contact Malcolm Fare on 01684 311197, by email at malcolm.fare@crossword.demon.co.uk or by using the form below: