Posted: Mon 22nd May 2017

Step into the Past: Grosvenor Park Archaeology Open Day 2017

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Monday, May 22nd, 2017

University of Chester students along with archaeologists from Cheshire West and Chester Council Cultural Service will share their finds from this year’s archaeology dig on May 30 at an Open Day in Grosvenor Park between 1.30pm and 4.30pm.

It will be an opportunity to not only see the objects that students have uncovered but also take part in one of the free guided tours and learn more about the archaeology in Grosvenor Park.

Since the project began the students have uncovered a Roman road that probably led to the east entrance of the amphitheatre that lay outside the Roman fortress.

They have also found traces of timber-framing believed to be from Cholmondeley’s Mansion which was destroyed during the Civil War.

A medieval building relating to St. John’s church, which could have been part of the hospital and chapel of St. Anne acquired by Sir Hugh Cholmondeley in the late 16th century incorporated into his mansion.

By the end of this season they hope to discover what lies inside the medieval building and to find further evidence for the civil settlement outside the Roman fortress.

Alison Knight, Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Director of Places Strategy, said:

Archaeology holds a fascination with so many people so having the opportunity to visit the dig and learn first-hand about the finds and latest knowledge directly from the archaeologists is an exciting opportunity.

The training dig is a joint project between our Cultural Service archaeologists and the University of Chester. It is an important part of the students’ archaeology degree course.

To follow this year’s dig, visit the students’ blog at: univchester-parkdig

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