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Archaeologists Start Dig At Corfe Castle

Corfe Castle & steam train

8:06am 21st July 2014

Dorset fans of 'Time Team' can watch a real life dig at Corfe Castle this week.

National Trust archaeologists and volunteers are investigating parts of the castle which have recently been exposed by erosion.

Visitors are welcome to chat to the experts as they work and to ask questions.

Part of the project will focus on the Inner Ward, at the top of the castle, where a length of medieval wall beside a well has been uncovered.

At the same time, a geophysical survey backed up by two small trenches in the West Bailey will investigate the foundations of another wall before work is carried out to protect it from further erosion.

The archaeology is important because there are only limited surviving records of how Corfe Castle looked before it was partially demolished by Parliamentary forces during the English Civil War.

The results of the investigations will help experts decide the best ways of protecting the two areas in the future.

Corfe Castle Operations Manager Andrew Eustace said: "We are sure our visitors will enjoying seeing at first hand some of the work that goes on to conserve a scheduled ancient monument for future generations."

The dig starts today and carries on till Friday 25th July.

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