Location: Alton Town Centre, North East Hampshire
Dates: July 13th to July 28th
Cost: Membership required for test pitting. £20 per year, students half price. Daily fee £6. Community element totally free. Taster days £25 (max 2).
Age: Over 18’s only in test pits. Community element – All ages including children. Small excavation trench and associated activities daily: tours, talks, artefact handling. Families welcome.
Training / Experience: None. All skill levels welcome, full training available
Accommodation: No
Organization: Liss Archaeology
Name: Juliet Smith
Address: 42 Furze Hill Road, GU35 8HA
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 07732327697


Alton Big Dig [Image: Liss Archaeology]

Alton Big Dig – The second year of an exciting new archaeological investigation into the heritage of Alton, Hampshire and part of The Festival of Archaeology. Crop marks within the Town Gardens in the hot, dry summer of 2018, led to a geophysical survey in the park followed by productive test pits in 2019. The Big Dig in July focuses on features seen and will provide educational activities for the local community, children and families in addition to test pitting by members. The project is in conjunction with CBA Festival of Archaeology, Alton Town Council, The Friends of the Allen Gallery and Curtis Museum. Research is ongoing and building a picture of human activity in the town and its’ surrounds.

Liss Archaeology plan a series of 1m test pits in the park itself and in nearby private gardens.  Activities include excavation, finds processing and recording, record keeping, planning, drawing, running educational activities, stewarding and talking etc. Training is available in all aspects of archaeology, all skills levels welcome. 

Volunteers from all walks of life are welcome to take part.  From 18 to 80’s, all abilities. Students are encouraged to experience community-based, volunteer archaeology with a friendly group of like-minded people. Taster days available.

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