Time Team is appealing for archaeological facilitators to help
in 'Britain's biggest ever archaeological evaluation.' Channel
4 is encouraging members of the public to dig test pits in back
gardens, private land and public spaces.
The aim is to add to knowledge about the
archaeological resource, to involve people in local archaeology
and to introduce them to how practical archaeology is conducted
correctly, the programme makers say. The test pits will be 0.60m
deep by a metre square, and the facilitators will be needed to
give advice about any archaeological deposits or artefacts that
However, some archaeologists have expressed
reservations about the programme. Questions have been raised
about health and safety, damage to archaeology, and the impression
that archaeology is an amateur pursuit rather than a profession.
The project will take place on 28 and 29 June.