Excavations will take place at the Lincoln site which may contain a Roman cemetery

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An archaeological dig will take place at a historic site in Lincoln which is expected to contain a Roman cemetery and the remains of a 12th century church. A team from Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU) will lead the work at The Lawn, where the most recent excavations took place in the 1980s.

During this work, evidence was found of a potential Roman cemetery nearby and two possible Roman roads. In addition to this, the church wall and graveyard of the 12th century St. Bartholomew’s Church, which was located within the grounds of The Lawn, was discovered in the 1980s.

To build on this work, BGU will be hosting a field school from June 20 to July 15 where all adults and children over the age of 14 will receive training in field archeology and excavation techniques. Dr Derwin Gregory, Archeology and Heritage Program Manager at BGU, said: “BGU’s Archeology Field School is a rare and exciting opportunity to participate in an archaeological dig at one of the most Lincoln’s favorites and take an active role in literally learning about the city’s history.

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“At BGU we aim to make archeology as accessible as possible, so in addition to receiving practical training in archaeological skills and academic credit, the course also aims to use archeology to promote mental and physical well-being. and make it a supportive and inclusive experience for all who get involved.”

In the late medieval period the area was used to carry out court sentences before an ‘insane asylum’ opened in 1819 as The Lawn, the first asylum in the country to abolish mechanical restraint .

Dr Gregory added: “Lincoln is a truly unique city that has been a key player for most periods of history, with evidence of Roman, medieval, Victorian and wartime occupation across the city. “

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