Borough Insight

Digging a hole

On Saturday 25 May, budding archaeologists descended on Bourne Hall, as the park held a ground breaking open day.Test pits

Hundreds of people and families took part and test pits were dug to discover what history is hidden below the surface of Bourne Hall Park. These produced archaeology back to the Stone Age with many worked flints, some prehistoric pottery possibly Iron Age, also along with Roman and Tudor pottery.

The day included a host of activities – meet Roman legionnaires, trying Roman cooking and practicing some Roman beauty tips. There were sand trays for the very young archaeologists, a handling collection of finds, and an exhibition of what could be discovered.

The day was arranged the Surrey Archaeological Society, Epsom and Ewell Historical and Archaeological Society and Bourne Hall Museum.

There will be a second chance on the 21 and 22 September in Nonsuch Park during the Heritage Open Weekend. If you would like to dig you have to book in advance at


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