A Time Team style dig is happening at Eastcote House Gardens and tomorrow (Sunday 10 July) it is open to the public.
The open day gives visitors the chance to get a tour from a professional archaeologist.
Historian Andy Weller, who is involved with the project, said: “There may be evidence, not yet completely proven, that there was accommodation on the site 200 years before the first written record of the farm house "Hopkytees" that was later converted into Eastcote House. The digs are uncovering new stuff as we go along.”
Pictures courtesy of http://eastcote.aocarchaeology.com/dig-diary/ and Les Capon
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The dig is taking place under the direction of Les Capon and supervised by Chris Clarke of AOC Archaeology Group, a Registered Archaeological Organisation through the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists.
Mr Capon has been tracking progress on the dig on a blog. He wrote: “We are looking for the remains of the service areas of the demolished Eastcote House, maybe kitchen and scullery areas, and we have 18th century wall foundations, areas of floor and evidence of floors being taken away when the rooms were knocked down.
“As usual, we have bits of the building that we do not immediately understand: there is a wall at a different angle to everything else. There may be evidence for an older building, perhaps of medieval date.
“In our medieval trench, we may be down to the topsoil that was buried in 1598 when Eastcote House was built. There are some filled-in pits with a good scatter of finds, but we need a bigger assemblage of artefacts to really prove a date.
“We have excavated pottery fragments of medieval and Tudor date (I think), and the remains of meals, with lamb bones and oyster shell collected.”
Mr Capon reported that about 50 pieces of medieval pottery and 20 from the Tudor era have been discovered since the digs began again in recent weeks.
Amongst other fragments, 51 animal bones, 51, were uncovered.
The open day tomorrow runs from 10am to 4pm with guided tours of the dig by AOC Archaeology and with the latest finds will be on display.
Dovecote and Stables will be open with exhibitions and Friends of Eastcote House Gardens publications for sale including the 2017 calendar.