Ellesmere dig gets underway

The dig underway near Ellesmere with BBC Shropshire and Meres and Mosses

A site near Ellesmere has been identified as the possible location of an Iron Age settlement or farmed area after experts reviewed aerial photos of the site last year. Now volunteers have joined an exciting project which takes place until 13th June, to help excavate the site with experts from Shropshire Council and Manchester Metropolitan University.

Tom Hayek, programme manager for the Meres and Mosses Landscape Partnership Scheme, said: “It’s really exciting for us. We’ve known about the site for some time now and it has been one we’ve been waiting to get started on for a long while. The site itself could hold a lot of things. It’s not certain what’s beneath the ground but it should show us what the area was used for. It could be anything from an agricultural enclosure, to a hill fort, but hopefully it will tell us what human activity was there.”
During the excavation, there will also be an open day for schools from around the Nature Improvement Area to attend on Wednesday 11th June. Children will be able to witness the excitement of an archaeological dig first hand and ask the experts questions as they work. 
Manchester Metropolitan University students have also been taking peat core samples which will be taken to Manchester for analysis. The samples will contain evidence of the crops grown at the site historically and could give a fascinating insight into the diet of Iron Age man.

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