Dates: 28th May to 3rd June / 11th to 15th July / 17th to 22nd July 2018
Cost: Free but membership of the society is required (cost £12). To be eligible membership applications must be received by 21st May for May/June excavation or 4th July for July excavation.
Age: 16+
Training / Experience: None necessary
Accommodation: None provided
Organization: Enfield Archaeological Society
Name: Dr. Martin J. Dearne
Address: None
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: None


A Tudor oven and associated brick floors from the range of the royal palace currently under excavation [Photo Credit: Enfield Archaeological Society]

The long running excavation of the Scheduled Ancient Monument of Elsyng Palace, the courtier’s palace of Sir Thomas Lovell and royal palace from Henry VIII to James I, will focus in 2018 on completing the exploration of the well preserved Tudor range sampled in previous years. Structural finds have so far included superimposed patterned brick floors and a well preserved oven, all covered by demolition material including a wide range of artifacts. Work in May/June will concentrate on an uninvestigated area of the range and a seventeenth century threshing barn that may have been built over it. The July excavation will fully expose the area of patterned floors and oven(s) to identify the function of the best preserved room within the range and recover the full ground plan of the building. Participants need have no previous experience and basic training can be given including by a professional archaeologist. An associated open day will include guided tours of the site and children’s events.

Public Open Day 21st July

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  1. Martin Gaba
    April 26, 2017 @ 10:25 am

    Please let me have further details on how ro apply as a volunteer


    • CA
      April 26, 2017 @ 10:48 am

      Dear Martin,
      Thank you for getting in touch. For more information contact Martin Dearne ( or visit
      Best wishes,
      The CA Team


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