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Category Archives: The Hospital of St Mary in the Peak
Day 1 on the Spital Field – the team assembles The 2017 trench was laid out to overlap several trenches dug in previous years, and to investigate new ground to the south and west in order to locate the south … Continue reading
Weeks 3 and 4 Angela Darlington Spital Field continued……….. The Spital field, where burials probably linked to the medieval hospital have been found in previous years, was the focus of this year’s dig. The aim this year was to find … Continue reading
Weeks 1 and 2 Monday May 9th dawned bright and sunny for the arrival of Colin and a lot of first-year Archaeology students in a big white van, plus a number of volunteers. The main focus for the first week … Continue reading
A drain to dye for, further developments at the burial site and a lovely flint. Spital Field yields a few more hints of the past. The full report of the final week of the dig can be read here:- Update Saturday … Continue reading
Despite some wet & windy weather, further work on the Spital Field site reveals a new drain while the New Hall site yields some lovely paving. More information in the Update report and some photos (click on each photo for … Continue reading
6 trenches (3 each in the Spital Field & the New Hall site behind the Methodist Church) & 2 test pits dug & back filled, all in week one has given this year’s dig a racing start. The following photographs … Continue reading
The mystery of Castleton’s Medieval Hospital has emerged slowly and tantalizingly over 7 years. Colin Merrony’s talk drew together the various pieces of evidence, linking together the siting of the discoveries and providing an overall view of the project to date. … Continue reading
Back-filling the trench was a very hot job and a few photos of most of the team are shown here. I wanted to show a series of shots of the diminishing soil pile but sadly due to a fault on … Continue reading
The 2013 Castleton dig is now finished for another season. Thanks to everyone who volunteered or who showed interest in visiting the hospital site. We found many walls and a “corridor”, some medieval pottery, a very strange edging (see photo) … Continue reading
Hard work is still in evidence as we approach the final week of the 2013 Hospital Dig.