Sheffield Castle – Digging it!
Digging again! An amazing opportunity arose for our students to take part in the archaeological dig at the site of the Medieval Sheffield Castle with Wessex Archaeology. The dig is a once in a lifetime chance to see where the original town of Sheffield originated and to be part of our local History. The castle, which was built in the 13th Century and lay at the heart of the planning and building of the first town in Sheffield, was demolished in the 17th and 18th centuries, and then a 19th-century steelworks and the 20th-century Castle Market were constructed in its place. On our visit, we had a tour of the site and a History lesson about the original castle and how the site developed through the centuries until the most recent building- Castle Market was demolished fairly recently.
We were digging in a trench dated to 1896- The Industrial Period. We helped to uncover a workshop where cutlery and metal working had taken place- some key finds were grindstones, knife blades, pieces of leather strap and pottery. The Archaeologists will continue to dig down through the layers of History in this trench to find earlier remains, and the castle!
The students got first-hand digging experience with professional archaeologists and University of Sheffield archaeology students. They got to examine the finds from the day and start processing the various items ready for the professionals to examine.
The dig will take place until the 5th October offering public open days at weekends- if you are interested in a tour or to take part, please contact Wessex Archaeology through their website at https://www.wessexarch.co.uk/events.