Archaeology dig planned for historic Ravensthorpe site

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SCHOOLCHILDREN will be digging up the past as part of a new archaeology project.

This summer the grounds of the Greenwood Centre, which was built on the site of Brick House in Ravensthorpe, will be excavated. Brick House is believed to have been built in the mid-1700s and objects from it could still be buried in its grounds.

The two-week dig planned for July hopes to uncover more information about what went on there and schoolchildren and community groups will be taking part. They will also have the chance to make pottery with local clay potter John Hudson.

Graham Hebblethwaite from West Yorkshire Joint Services, which is co-ordinating the project, said: “This initiative is undoubtedly an exciting, innovative way to bring the history of our communities alive to residents, both young and old.”

Coun Darren O’Donovan (Lab, Dews West) said: “This fascinating and interactive initiative will encourage participants to explore their local history and heritage in a fun and interactive way, taking pride in their surroundings.”

To take part call Dawn Mason on 0113 313 9819 or email