Check out our video of the ground-breaking dig at Petworth Park and the lost treasures that have been discovered.
The archaeological excavation has taken place on the west lawn in front of Petworth House. Teams have been excavating in seven trenches, over nine days, in the hope of developing a better understanding of the former North Wing – which was demolished in the 17th century – and the Petworth grounds, which were transformed by ‘Capability’ Brown in the 18th century from formal gardens into a naturalistic park.
Every day spent working at the site has led to a new discovery, whether it is a vase, cooking vessel or roof tile, all of which are indicators of a high-status building and inhabitants.
An excavation in a different area of the park has revealed evidence of the location of a banqueting house thought to have been built by Henry VIII in the 15th or 16th century.
See the Observer today (Thursday, July 25) for the full coverage of the dig.