Picture Gallery: The Big Dig in Petworth Park

A POST-medieval engraved button and a George III halfpenny are among the finds of the ‘Big Dig’ in Petworth Park.

The nine-day dig is being carried out to uncover the lost landscape of the 6th Duke of Petworth who lived in the town 300 years ago.

The dig, in which volunteer archaeologists are getting the chance to work alongside the professionals, is focusing on the monumental stable block as it is believed his personal stables many have been a building of historical significance.

Visitors are able to watch the excavations, join a daily tour, quiz the archaeologists, see the artefacts as they are uncovered and take archaeology trails through the parkland. Budding young archaeologists are joining excavations in the children’s trench.

“This is a great opportunity to discover what may have been a building of real status and significance, and could give us a unique insight into how stables were designed and built around 300 years ago,” said Tom Dommett, leading archaeologist.

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