Halton Castle Dig!

Norton Priory is getting ready for the first excavation at Halton Castle in nearly 30 years. To get involved just contact Claire on 01928 569 895 or email info@nortonpriory.org
Halton Castle, a 12th century Norman Castle located in Halton Village, Runcorn is to be opened for a community excavation from 13th to 25th July 2015. There is still time to sign up to volunteer on the dig, just contact Norton Priory (who manage the castle) on 01928 569 895 or email info@nortonpriory.org

The dig will provide opportunities for anyone interested to come and experience an archaeological excavation for themselves. Participants will receive basic training under the guidance of professional archaeologists from Salford University. It is a rare and fantastic opportunity to get the chance to excavate inside the grounds of a medieval castle, and the support of Historic England has been invaluable. The investigation will attempt to discover the origins of the castle and answer some of the questions surrounding its later use.

Activity Planner for Norton Priory, Claire Broadhurst said: 'We're really excited about the community excavation planned for July. There hasn't been a dig at Halton Castle since 1987. who knows what local residents could uncover at the castle that could go on exhibition at Norton Priory in the brand new museum next year?'

Anyone wishing to participate in the excavations can do so by contacting Claire at Norton Priory.

There will also be an open day on Saturday 25th July, 10am - 4pm. This is a chance for anyone to come along to Halton Castle and see the excavations, talk to the archaeologists and find out more about any interesting discoveries.

The dig is being put on by Norton Priory Museum & Gardens, with funding support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Halton Borough Council's Local Area Forum. Salford University's Centre for Applied Archaeology will supervise the dig.
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