Gravesend dig

Volunteers accompanied by Gravesham’s Deputy Mayor, Jenny Wallace.

A mini dig was recently held in Gravesend. It was organised by Gravesham Council and sponsored by National Highways as part of the Lower Thames Crossing project.

The dig took place in Sussex Gardens close to the riverside. Many of the volunteers were local and were supported by SWAG members.

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Festival of Archaeology event for All

As part of the 2024 Festival of Archaeology we will be re-visiting the site of a Medieval building within the park.

The excavation will be over three days, just like Time Team.

Friday to Sunday 19th – 21st July 10.00am to 4.00pm.

All are welcome, no previous experience necessary and all tools will be provided. Follow the arrows from the park cafe to the site. Come and help us to understand this enigmatic
building. Who knows what might be hidden just below the surface…

As always with SWAG this event is FREE*

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Trosley Country Park Open Day

After a successful dig in 2023 we are back to do it again during the Trosley Country Park Open Day on Friday 26th July.

We will be excavating another of the WW2 huts in the woodland. What was it used for and by whom? This is your chance to help us find out.

All tools and equipment will be provided. To find us just follow the arrows from the cafe car park. The park location is at DA13 0SG*.

We look forward to seeing all budding Indiana Jones’s.

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Recent activity

SWAG members have been getting involved in the current dig happening at Greenwich Park. This is a three week dig near the Roman Temple involving general volunteers and students from UCL. Over the course of the dig a series of evaluation trenches will be excavated, across geophys anomalies, earthworks and other landscape features. Hopefully this will all add to a picture of the wider Roman landscape of the Park.

Others SWAG members joined a field trip, arranged by Frank Bereford, to search for the Paleolithic along the river Stour.

Please note that due to other fieldwork commitments, we are pausing digging at Shorne till early June, although finds and flint sessions will continue as normal on Thursdays and Fridays.

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Event: 31st May

On Friday May 31st, from 10am to 3pm we’re holding and Archaeological Open Day at Shorne Woods Country Park. Some of SWAG’s archaeological finds from within the Park will be on display. These include:

  • 10,000 year old flint tools made by our Mesolithic ancestors
  • Artifacts from the Medieval Randall Manor
  • 20th century finds from the WW2 R.A.F. camp
  • 20th century finds from the industrial clay works

Do you think you’ve found something old? Bring it along and we will try to identify it.

As always with SWAG this event is FREE although parking charges may apply. All ages are welcome but under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.

Photo by R.Smalley
Photo by R.Smalley
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