04 Jul 2016
Just four days to go until our summer digs kick off in Cedars Park, Broxbourne and just over a week until we return to Forty Hall hot on the trail of Henry VIII’s Elsyng Palace!
All digging places are now full - we’re looking forward to meeting lots of first timers - hopefully with lots of lovely archaeology to show them. Members of the public and the EAS are still more than welcome to come and say hello during the week, and each Sunday will be a public event - coinciding on the 21st with Forty Hall’s “Music on the Lawn”
19 Apr 2016
This year we wil be returning to the former sites of Elsyng and Theobalds palaces as part of our Festival of Archaeology excavations.
We will be digging on the 8th 9th and 10th July in Cedars Park, Broxbourne on the former site of James I’s Theobalds Palace, continuing to look at the remains of the loggia that once formed part of the celebrated 17th century ornamental palace gardens. Last year we uncovered evidence that the loggia was colonnaded and bounded by an ornamental canal. This year we hope to find more evidence for the interior of the structure and perhaps get a better idea of its full size.
The following week, we will be digging from the 12th – 17th in Forty Hall, Enfield on the former site of Henry VIII’s Elsyng Palace, continuing our exploration of the large palace building we first discovered in 2014. So far we have uncovered two garderobe (toilet) chutes, together with substantial wall remains and evidence of an ornamental moat that fronted the palace building. This year we aim to move into the building in search of more dating evidence, to study its floors and get a better idea of the building’ size. Last year’s star find was a complete panel from a palace window, still set in its lead channels, so hopes for similarly exiting finds this year are high!
We will be cooperating with the Forty Hall estate to give tours and talks to school classes during the week – for more information contact Frances Cherry at email@example.com.
Each Sunday will be a public event with stalls and Society members on hand to answer questions and explain our work.
Details of meeting places and start times for members who wish to join the dig will be sent out later in the year.
01 Jul 2014
Less than two weeks to go!
We will be digging at Cedars Park (Theobalds Palace site) from the 11th–13th July. The target is a loggia projecting from the main wall of the palace gardens. Work on the Friday will start at 10am and may only last a few hours so all are welcome but this will be mainly fencing, deturfing etc so we may not have work for everyone. Saturday and Sunday will be 9am to 4 or 5pm (possibly later on the Sunday). Non-diggers willing to help with marquees, manning stalls etc are especially welcome from the start on Sunday 13th. The site is directly opposite the main car park. Toilets and cafe nearby.
We will be digging at Forty Hall (Elsyng Palace site) from Tuesday 15th – Sunday 20th July. We will be tracing the south wall (and any moat etc) of the palace west towards the royal apartments. Work will be 9am to 4 or 5pm usually but earlier finishes Tuesday – Friday possible depending on progress/weather. Non-diggers willing to help with marquees, manning stalls etc are especially welcome from the start on Sunday 20th. To find the site from Forty Hall main car park walk down the hill to the left of the double Lime tree avenue and it should be obvious. Cafe and toilets are a fair walk away back up the hill.
New diggers especially may want to note that stout foot wear is needed (preferably boots); you should bring plenty to drink and sun screen if hot and a packed lunch. We have a few trowels to lend but if you don’t have one and want to buy one go for a Standard WHS trowel (e.g. www.archtools.eu at £9 + p&p) For any further queries on practical arrangements e-mail the site director (Dr Martin Dearne): firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to seeing you!