NEWS: February 13, 2012
A COMMUNITY dig which took place at the end of last year has revealed remains of ancient Roman pottery, and evidence that people were living in the Tamar Valley 3,000 years ago. During a talk at the Tamar Valley Centre, Dr Chris Smart from the University of Exeter shared the findings of the latest archaeological dig which took place on Church Hill in Calstock last October. His findings revealed that the two weeks of excavation had provided significant insights into the longevity of human activity in the area, which can now be projected further back in time than previously thought.
The team of local residents involved with the dig managed to uncover a defensive ditch, thought to have been dug by the Roman army, as well as a large selection of Roman, Late Neolithic and Early Bronze Age pottery. They also found evidence of metal working activity having taken place in post-medieval times and an undiscovered hedgebank.
Dorothy Kirk, a local resident who took part in the dig, said: “The dig was one of the best things I’ve done in my life. It was great to be brought up to speed on some of the outcomes and to be reunited with members of my team at the talk.”
Talking at the Tamar Valley Area of Natural Beauty’s Annual Conference, Dr Chris Smart said: “I believe that everyone left the excavation with a new perception about the value of archaeology, and of how it is carried out.” Dr Smart will be giving a repeat talk about the dig, part of the Calstock Parish Heritage Project, on April 12 at the Tamar Valley Centre.
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