Dates: 16th – 28th July 2019
Cost: Free but membership of society (£12) required (deadline to join 6th July).
Training / Experience: None necessary
Accommodation: None provided
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.
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