New treasures found at archaeology dig at Petworth House: Pictures

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A LOST world has been lurking beneath the feet of walkers for centuries, and now all the secrets and treasures that lay there are being brought to the surface.

Just beneath the grounds of Petworth Park are the remains of the ‘lost’ north wing of Petworth House, and within it lie buried artefacts and memories of those who once inhabited one of the finest houses in Britain.

This area shows a site that predates the house, which may have been demolished by Capability Brown.  Picture by Louise Adams C131000-9

This area shows a site that predates the house, which may have been demolished by Capability Brown. Picture by Louise Adams C131000-9

At the start of what has been a year-long project, lead archaeologist Tom Dommett said he would love to find the family crest of the 
Earls of Northumberland carved upon an object, though such a find would be incredibly unlikely.

But it has been found.

The excavation, which teams of archaeologists and volunteers have been preparing for since 2012, started in the middle of July and has welcomed along members of the public to take part and have a history lesson at the same time.

See The Observer tomorrow (Thursday, July 25) for the full feature on the exciting excavation.