Garden Dig

We used our new found archaeology skills to carry out a real dig.

We dug 5 test pits in the garden of The Vicarage and an adjacent house.

Starting Out. Each pit was 1m square.

We used mattocks to loosen the soil and shovels to dig the soil into buckets. The soil was then sieved onto a large plastic sheet.


The finds were removed from the sieve, carefully washed and then laid in trays lined with newspaper to dry.


We dug down in 10cm sections called ‘contexts’ and these were carefully measured. At the end of each context the pit was photographed, along with the finds so we knew exactly what was found where.