Archaeological Site Chipping Warden

Unique opportunity to meet the archaeologists working at nationally significant archaeological site uncovered near Chipping Warden

  • Free event for local people to discover the fascinating history of Blackgrounds - an Iron Age and Roman settlement recently uncovered near Chipping Warden
  • Artefacts from the site will be on display to the public for the first time
  • An opportunity to speak to the archaeologists involved and enjoy family-friendly activities
  • Blackgrounds is being excavated as part of the HS2 scheme and was recently featured on BBC 2’s Digging for Britain

Archaeologists from MOLA Headland Infrastructure, working on behalf of Fusion for HS2, are running a free public event at Chipping Warden Village Hall about a nearby ancient settlement known as Blackgrounds.

On Friday 18 and Saturday 19 February 2022, the hall will be transformed into a temporary museum and exhibition space, showcasing the incredible discoveries from this now world-famous archaeological site.

Visitors will discover what life was like here 2,000 years ago and have the opportunity to get up close to the actual artefacts found at Blackgrounds. Some objects, such as an Iron Age brooch and Roman hair pin, were recently featured on BBC 2’s Digging for Britain!

As well as seeing these objects, visitors will also have the chance to meet some of the archaeologists who excavated the site. Along with answering questions, they’ll be demonstrating the techniques used to excavate Blackgrounds. Images, videos and drone footage will also be displayed, virtually transporting visitors to the site itself and highlighting the huge scale of this dig.

This event has something for everyone, from family-fun activities to an in-depth talk from the experts. Visitors can even bring along any interesting objects they might have found in their back garden to be examined by the County Small Finds Specialist. The specialist will be in the pop-up museum between 10am and 3pm.

MOLA Head of Audience Engagement, Caroline Barrie-Smith says: “We are excited to be able to share our incredible discoveries with the local community and offer them an exclusive chance to get up close to the incredible artefacts uncovered. It’s exciting to be able to show people what life was like here 2,000 years ago.”

Tickets are free, but must be booked in advance under a specific 60-minute time slot. This event will be carried out in accordance with Covid-19 regulations at the time.

Further details and how to book can be found HERE:

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