The Archaeology Group formed in 2017 and this far has carried out two Test Pit Digs. We would like to develop this group. For more information contact Phil Docherty (Archaeology Lead) via our Contact Us page.

Our Test Pit Day at Vine Farm Stack Yard – 2nd June 2018

by Phil Docherty

Following last year’s successful trial test pit carried out last year in Pat Smedley’s garden it was agreed that a second test pit should be carried out to encourage other members of the society and the village community at large to visit on the day and assess the interest in a community test pit day next year.

You can read a full report of the day by clicking on the link below.

Test Pit Day – 2nd June 2018

Trial Test Pit – 5th July 2017

We have now held our “trial run” of our test pit day in Pat’s garden and blessed with a sunny day and fortified with her food and drink we completed the test pit, which revealed pottery ranging from Victorian right back to Saxon times. There were also many other finds of bone, flint, clay pipe stems and iron nails. The very bottom of the one metre deep test pit also revealed a post hole clearly driven into the gravel and sand subsoil. All of these finds will be written up and recorded in preparation for the proposed Community Test Pit Day which, armed with the information and skills we now have, we can hopefully not only get the CDLHS members but also the wider village community involved in digging test pits in gardens across the village to discover more of Collingham’s history. (Phil Docherty, Archaeology Lead.)