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Those of you who have taken archaeological courses with me via the WEA who would like the opportunity to have a go at some fieldwork may be interested in a community archaeology project due to start soon in Nottinghamshire. As part of the Toton Unearthed Project” Trent & Peak Archaeology will be opening Test Pits and evaluation trenches in Manor Farm Recreation ground between June 16th and July 4th 2014. This will be followed by a full excavation to investigate the last known watermill during August beginning Aug 11th or Aug 16th for 5 weeks.

The dig is being run in conjunction with the Friends of Toton fields and supported by Broxtowe Borough Council, in order to shed light on the history of Toton and in particular the medieval (or possibly earlier) buildings such as the watermill and Manor house.
The project is designed to tie in with key research objectives and could be of importance to understanding the landscape and history of this small area beside the River Erewash. This is a free volunteer dig and has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Toton Unearthed is a Community Archaeology project- this means involving volunteers and the community in all aspects (where possible) of archaeological research and investigations. The project also seeks to be a free resource, where all research and fieldwork are available to the community at large, to foster a greater understanding of the heritage of Toton. The Project engages people from all walks of life and ages; including adults with learning difficulties, young people, as well as those currently out of work desiring transferable skills, students needing experience, and volunteers, all overseen by
professional community archaeologists.

If you would like to sign up to volunteer on Toton Unearthed Dig please email them to book a place. Numbers are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment gill2morral@ntlworld.com or via website Toton Unearthed – totonunearthed.org.uk