Volunteers are invited to attend the community excavation at Parkhouse Farm, North Duffield. In 2012, the society uncovered a round feature showing up as a crop mark, cautiously identified as an Iron Age hut-circle. Excavation also revealed sections of a circular and linear ditch, both containing Iron Age pottery.
In July 2013, the society plans to continue work on the round feature to try to find the centre and entrance, and to clarify its purpose. Subject to volunteer numbers, similar features in the area may also be explored. This is a Community Excavation, but professional archaeologists from York Archaeological Trust and YorkUniversity will be on hand throughout.
No experience is necessary as instruction will be given, and tools will provided. Volunteers must apply in advance so that suitable plans can be drawn up. All ages are welcome, but in the event of a big response, some degree of rationing may be necessary so apply early to avoid disappointment. There is no fee to participate.
The society will also be hosting a Celtic Festival on 8/9 June 2013, featuring Late Roman and Iron Age re-enactment groups, a static falconry display, local historical and archaeological displays, and a community picnic.