The early 1780s wheelpit at Arkwright's Shudehill Mill, Manchester, as excavated by OAN in 2014.

Greater Manchester Archaeology Day Part 2

The second half of Greater Manchester Archaeology Day on Saturday 29th November 2014 had a community and industrial archaeology focus. The first speaker of the afternoon was Ian Miller of Oxford Archaeology North talking about Arkwright’s Shudehill Mill in Manchester. This was Arkwright’s last mill and arguably was built to challenge the Manchester textile merchants.…

DGM 2014 at Cheetham Park, Tameside

I Dig, therefore I am

Dr Sharon Coen, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, University of Salford, has been working on a project with the Centre for Applied Archaeology to explore the impact of community archaeology on its participants. The project, ‘I Dig therefore I am: place, identity and participation in community-based archaeology projects’ aimed to explore the role played by participating…

Finger ring found in a WW1 trench at Watson Park.

Blackpool’s Hidden WW1 Trenches Part 2

Week two of our community excavation, digging the WW1 training trenches under Watson Road Park, Blackpool, produced some exciting, but also difficult archaeology. After day two the weather was hot and humid. This meant that the archaeology was hard to see as the sun bleached the trenches and the sections. The team ended up praying…