Dates: Usually 2 days a week May to October, sometimes more frequently
Cost: Free, volunteers are responsible for their own transport, accommodation and food. Equipment supplied.
Age: 16 years and over only
Training / Experience: All levels welcome
Accommodation: None provided
This will be the 8th year of archaeological investigation into the 17th-century gardens at Hanwell Castle, part of a programme of doctoral research with the University of Oxford. We will be concentrating on the excavation of a water parterre based on an octagonal stone lined island which may be the location of the famous ‘House of Diversion’ described in Robert Plot’s 1675 Natural History of Oxfordshire. After the extraordinary discovery two years ago of a unique set of terracotta garden urns we will be continuing to investigate silting in the moat and searching for remains of the bridge we believe approached the island from the castle. We usually have other projects underway during the summer months for anyone with a special interest in garden archaeology