Digging into the past

Today, Romero Communities have received �79,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an''exciting project, Hands on History, in Athersley and New Lodge. Led by volunteers from the local ''community, the project aims to help local residents discover the archaeological past beneath our feet ''and lead courses in archaeology and local history. The project begins in September and runs until May ''2016.
Today, Romero Communities have received �79,800 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an''exciting project, Hands on History, in Athersley and New Lodge. Led by volunteers from the local ''community, the project aims to help local residents discover the archaeological past beneath our feet ''and lead courses in archaeology and local history. The project begins in September and runs until May ''2016.
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People in South Yorkshire are being encouraged to get involved in a new archaeology project starting next month.

The Hands on History project, run by Romero Communities, aims to help residents in Athersley and New Lodge, in Barnsley, discover the archaeological history of their area.

The £79,800 needed to fund the project, which will begin in September and runs until May 2016, has been provided by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Carol Clair, for Romero, said: “The funding means we can dig archaeological test pits, do geophysical surveys and run courses in archaeology and local history.”

A project spokesman said: “We are looking for finds such as old pots and clay tobacco pipes that can show how the area was used before the estates were built.

“In October, we also hope to do geophysical surveys of the area to the north to see what ancient features are buried beneath the soil.”

Pupils from three local primary schools will also be joining in and digging test pits in their school grounds. They will also have lessons about archaeology.

Bill Bevan, from the project, said: “What lies under the gardens of Athersley and New Lodge? We will dig one sq metre windows into the past in gardens and primary schools next month to find out. Will we find evidence for Prehistoric people, Romans, Medieval farmers or 18th century industries?”

Discoveries from the test pits will be shown at a Finds roadshow in November.

n If you live in Athersley or New Lodge and want to be involved, call 07958 180660.