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Archaeological dig opportunity in Minety in July

July 4 - July 15

Community archaeology opportunity in Minety

A possible Roman tile kiln has been identified at Brandiers Farm in Minety, with geophysical survey and surface finds suggesting well-preserved Roman structural survival below ground.

To investigate the site, Cotswold Archaeology, based in Kemble, will be coordinating a research excavation over two weeks from the 4th-15th July 2022. Their aim is to confirm the presence of the tile kiln and investigate its structure, dating, and possible place within the wider network of Roman tile kilns in northern Wiltshire and beyond.

From this project and its findings, the landowners – the Lavery family – hope to create a reconstruction of a Roman kiln, using traditional methods and locally sourced products. The new kiln may be used to support artistic endeavours at Brandiers, including the production of replica pottery in Roman ceramic styles and forms.  Their long-term aim is to provide benefit to the wider community in terms of education, research, outreach (especially experimental archaeology), and enhancing health and well-being by offering courses and opportunities to take part.

Cotswold Archaeology are currently seeking additional local volunteers for the dig. Hours will be from 9am – 3pm daily for volunteers, with breaks for tea and lunch. Toilets will also be provided on site.  Prior archaeological experience isn’t essential – full training and support will be given by Cotswold Archaeology.  To register your interest in taking part, please directly email Caroline Adams, the Outreach and Community Engagement Officer at Cotswold Archaeology:


July 4
July 15
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