Come and experience a live dig at the museum with Dr Phil Harding and Lorraine Mepham from Wessex Archaeology. Over the course of Bank Holiday Monday, Phil will be digging an archaeological test pit in the museum forecourt, just outside the Salisbury Museum Café. Since 2016, Phil and Lorraine, better known as key members of television’s ‘Time Team,’ have been annually adding to our knowledge of the fascinating history of the museum building, by digging ‘test pits’ during the Festival of Archaeology. This has demonstrated archaeology in action as well as revealed long forgotten additions to the building. For 2019 the team intend on looking further at the history of what was once a simple storage building, and has over hundreds of years been absorbed into the main structure of what is now the museum.
This is a demonstration dig, and so Phil and Lorraine will be chatting to visitors as well as getting on with the dig.
All the findings will be revealed at this year’s Festival of Archaeology at a talk given by museum Director, Adrian Green and finds specialist, Lorraine Mepham. The Festival is taking place over the weekend of 13 and 14 July, and tickets for this and all the other talks, will go on sale shortly.