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Archaeology exhibition ahead of next dig

Hyde900 in Winchester has teamed up with the Hampshire Cultural Trust to put on an exhibition of finds from Hyde Abbey.

Representatives will be explaining the activities of this community group at Winchester City Museum from 15th to 17th July. Visitors will also have the opportunity to learn more about the forthcoming Community Dig which will take place in Hyde from 18th to 21st August.

At the festival, experts will be present to discuss specialist areas of pottery, ceramics, geophysical surveying, medieval glass, stonemasonry, and monastic architecture. On Friday morning there will be the first opportunity to see some of the 5kg of medieval glass found at the 2021 dig.

Following previous years’ highly successful events, this year’s dig returns to what was the Inner Precinct of Hyde Abbey. The dig follows on from the discovery earlier in the year of the north wall of the Abbey Church with its intact stonework. The dig also found a 12th century Beakhead ornament, previously part of the arch of the west door of the great church. It is likely that there are more, similar pieces buried in local gardens.

Booking for the dig is now open and early application is recommended via www.hyde900.org.uk.


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