The long running excavations at Berkeley Castle have been undertaken by the University of Bristol, under the direction of Prof. Mark Horton (you will remember his excellent Grinsell talk earlier this year) and Dr. Stuart Prior. They have unearthed remarkable evidence dating from the Roman period to the English Civil War. The main focus of the excavations had been centred on Nelme’s Paddock adjacent to the church, where an Anglo-Saxon building was discovered overlying a Roman cobbled surface. Trenches have been opened in the Jenner Garden, beside the church and in the pub garden. There are some significant and unusual finds, including a 12th Century harness pendant, an aestel and an 8th Century decorated knife handle.
The evening visit is from 6 pm – 8 pm. Meet outside St. Mary’s Church in Berkeley at 5.45 p.m. Outdoor clothing and sensible footwear are recommended. We will have a guided tour of the current excavations with Prof. Horton and be treated to wine and nibbles afterwards.
Paula’s mobile number on the day is: 07980 478437.