Next Spinney Dig – Saturday 29 April, between 9.30 and 12 noon. All welcome.
Last time, as those who came then will already know, we found the hearth under the chimneypiece. Really encouraging that it’s survived. Do come along if you can, for all or part of the time: there may be further exciting discoveries. Refreshments provided.
We have also reinstalled an enhanced display in Abingdon Library (1st floor: at the top of the stairs), including some observational drawing by our pupils.
It would lovely to have some more helpers at our next scheduled dig, so if you can spare some time on the morning of the dig, please come along and see what its all about, whether you just want to be nosey or if you have always wanted to have a go at a bit of archaeology. Please bring along a fork, spade or trowel and lots of energy and in return we will supply refreshments!
We are still working very hard to continue our excavation towards the chimney stack. Amongst the bricks we have discovered a coin, which we will endeavour to clean up and let you know the specific details of the find.
We were very excited during this dig, in our aim to clear the area from the room to the chimney, we have made some new and interesting finds. We have started to unearth finds of oyster shells, which have a history of being found at other archaeological sites in the area. We have also finally uncovered a red brick, of which we have found rather a lot, which holds a manufacturers mark.
We have managed to continue to dig through the Summer, however due to a large tree being removed along with its roots it has been slow progress. Our aim is to continue digging out the first room to join up to the remaining chimney structure.
We finally managed another dig on 12 March, assisted by some better weather. We were very thankful to those children who managed to drag their parents out of their beds and gave us some much needed help, and certainly it made a huge impact on the amount of work that was done. Another morning of some interesting finds, including more parts to our collective of bike bits and more intact bottles.
During our dig on 3 October, we had an unexpected visitor, as you can see from the photo below, a rather small visitor! We have been busy clearing the site and although it is a slow process we are still unearthing some fantastic artefacts, which we are hoping to clean up and put on display. It would great to see some more help at our next dig, any length of time you can spare would be appreciated. The date will be advertised soon.
We are very lucky to have attached to the school a piece of land which was purchased by the “Friends of Sunningwell School” to provide us with an area for outside learning. The site used to house “Shrieve Cottage” which was demolished c.1943. It is our ultimate aim to provide the school with a raised platform area where lessons can be undertaken, however, first we wish to uncover the foundations of the cottage along with any archaelogical finds that we may come across to help us improve what we know about the cottage and the local area. We are priviledged to have the Abingdon Area Archaelogy and Historical Society help us with this huge task. Below are a few photos of the digs to date. Please contact us if you can help us in any way with this project.