Exhibition of items found at Bromsgrove historical dig

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ORGANISERS of a historical dig to uncover Bromsgrove’s past are holding a High Street exhibition to display its finds.

Dig Bromsgrove's, Time Team style dig began at a section of the St John Street car park, where the former Market Hall used to be, earlier this month.

The pit is currently open to the public, and groups have been visiting and enjoying tours of the site.

The area around the site is believed to be one of the earliest areas of historic settlement in the town, due to its location between Spadesbourne Brook and the church, which is thought to have been the location of a Saxon Minster.

An exhibition featuring items discovered, plus historical maps and photographs, is being held at 87A High Street during the course of the dig.

This Friday, July 19, townsfolk are also being invited to bring along their own archaeological artefacts that have been found, for a Find Identification Day.

At the event experts from the Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service, which is running the dig and exhibition, will be assessing items brought in.

Worcestershire archive and archaeology service’s finds expert, Laura Griffin, said: “The finds identification days aren’t just for things that have been found at the current Bromsgrove dig site.

“If you've found some old pottery whilst digging the garden, bring it along, get it identified.”

Tours of the dig site are being offered at 11.30am and 2pm each day.

Dig organisers have also included a town history tour, taking place tomorrow, July 18. There are three tours available, leaving the site at 1pm, 3pm and 5.45pm.

A period re-enactment, being run by Discover History which aims to bring to life the items found, is being held this Friday and Saturday, July 19 and 20.

Bromsgrove District Council’s townscape heritage officer David Thomas said: “This is the first major dig in Bromsgrove for more than half a century and hopefully the findings will help archaeologists to understand how much of Bromsgrove's past lies buried within the town.”

All events and tours are free.

To keep up-to-date with the progress of the project visit digbromsgrove.blogspot.co.uk, or see the live updates from @worcsdigs using #DigBromsgrove.

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