The excavations on the southern boundary of Hinkley Point C at Shurton have now begun. A re-directed footpath across fields just north of Bum Brook will enable visitors to see the archaeologists at work from outside the fence.
The outreach team from the South West Heritage Trust will be here on Thursday 14th January at 11am to talk about the archaeology. We will be close to the perimeter fence on the southern side, so do come and say hello!
Cotswold Archaeology are carrying out the excavations because geophysical surveying in 2009 identified a possible enclosure and other archaeological features. Trial trenches dug in 2010 confirmed a Bronze Age enclosure and cremation urn and Iron Age ditches. The archaeologists also found pottery dating from the Roman period and the 11th and 12th centuries.
The excavations are taking place prior to EDF carrying out landscaping works. When the landscaping is complete it will be planted and become a permanent feature between Shurton and Hinkley Point C.