Wealden Glass Project - Volunteers needed for excavation
The next, long-awaited phase of the Wealden Glass project is finally underway, and dates for some of the test-pitting on the furnace sites has been confirmed.
As you will likely be aware, the Wealden Glass Project is an English Heritage funded scheme that aims to further elucidate the processes and involved in medieval glass production in the weald, and how this may have changed over time. In 2011 we surveyed the sites of 19 possible furnace sites with the aid of volunteers and returned with exceptional results. Three of these sites have been chosen for further investigative work which will entail the small-scale excavation over the furnace sites of a 4x4m trench. For this stage of work we will need a group of up to 5 people for each site who are available to help us with this work, and later on people who will be willing to process any finds that are recovered as part of the excavation.
The first site will start on Monday 21st October and run until Friday 25th, while the second will commence on the week beginning Monday 28th October and run until 1st November. The third site cannot be excavated until the begninning of 2014, and the dates have yet to be finalised, but I shall distribute the information when known.
The sites are situated around the Surrey-Sussex border, and transport would be necessary to get to them. If any of you, or people you might know would like to help with this phase of the project, please do contact me and I can provide you with more details. It will be a great opportunity to find out more about an often overlooked part of the history of the South-East.
Best wishes and I look forward to hearing from you,
Surrey County Archaeological Unit
Telephone: 01483 518774