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Budding Archaeologists Join Big Dig

Monday, 20 April 2015

Thirty of the most passionate historians at the Junior Boys’ School have joined Salford University’s Big Dig campaign!

University of Salford archaeologists are currently overseeing a major community dig in Radcliffe to investigate the area surrounding the medieval tower and church. Radcliffe Tower is the only part of the medieval site still visible today. However, records show that this spot was once the location of a manor owned by the de Radcliffe family. The tower and church are both Grade I listed buildings, and the tower is also a scheduled ancient monument.

This was therefore a very exciting opportunity for the boys to get hands-on with history.

As well as taking part in the archaeological dig the boys were given some more information about the history of the site and also explored the churchyard, conducting a survey by recording information from the gravestones. Under the supervision of University of Salford archaeologists, they searched for the remains of 19th Century farm buildings and the earlier Manor House which once stood on the site.

The boys had a fantastic time excavating the archaeological site. They were very excited to find lots of items, including parts of pots and bottles. They also helped to uncover the walls of a Victorian farm building.

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Some of the boys excavating part of an old farm building wall

Some of the boys excavating part of an old farm building wall

The boys really enjoyed working on the archaeological site

The boys really enjoyed working on the archaeological site

The boys really enjoyed working on the archaeological site