Public encouraged to join park excavation

A local authority is encouraging members of the public to dig up one of its parks - in the name of historical research.

Calderstones Park
Calderstones Park

Liverpool Council has teamed up with the National Museums Liverpool and The Reader Organisation on a series of projects, the biggest of which is The Big Dig, due to take place during April and May.

Park visitors will be encouraged to excavate the 38 hectare Calderstones Park in the hope of unearthing some hidden history. The park is named after the six Neolithic ‘Calder’ stones – the earliest human monument in Merseyside, which can be found in the park.

Heritage stories maker at The Reader Organisation Richard MacDonald said: "As the park has never been built on there could be anything under our feet. We may even find evidence of the first humans to live in this area – relics of the earliest Scousers.

"The Calderstones are of national importance and this dig is an exciting opportunity for people in the local area to get involved in a community dig and support The Readers plans for the future."

A series of preparatory events will take place before the Big Dig. "Ready to Get Digging" on 19 February will allow visitors the chance to gain insight into the day in the life of an archaeologist and on 5 March Ron Cowell, curator of prehistory at the Museum of Liverpool will give a talk about the Calder Stones themselves and Merseyside during the Stone Age.

The Big Dig is part of the Connect at Calderstones’ project supported by the Heritage Lottery fund. Progress will be charted on the blog.


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