tennysondownenclosureAn archaeological dig is to take place at Tennyson Down in Freshwater next week, exploring an enigmatic pre-historic enclosure which is being rapidly lost to cliff erosion.

Coastal and Intertidal Zone Archaeology Network (CITiZAN), the Museum of London Archaeology and the National Trust are looking for volunteers to help excavate and find out more about the site, which is situated at the highest point of Tennyson Down.

With a team of 15 volunteers and 3 members of staff each day the 3 organisations are hoping to get to the bottom of the origins of the enclosure. A total of 3 trenches are to be dug to provide evidence of the enclosure’s original age and use.

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Due to expected high interest in this project CITiZAN are looking for volunteers who can do 2 consecutive days (Tues/Wed, Thurs/Fri or Sat/Sun) starting Tuesday 19th July. During your time on the project you will learn about excavation and survey techniques and how you can become more involved with the CITiZAN project and the National Trust Isle of Wight Archaeological monitoring scheme.

This event is free to join in but spaces are limited and booking is essential. Email Alex on [email protected] or call 07817386199 to secure your space.

Guided tours of the excavation are also being held on Friday 22nd, Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th July between 10:00-11:00 and 14-:1500 each day. More information can be obtained

Featured photo: National Trust


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