Current Projects

Winter 2017 -2018

We’ll be processing finds throughout the winter. We are currently washing, sorting and marking material from Harpswell and also pottery and tile from previous excavations at Sudbrooke Roman villa, Lincolnshire. Regular fortnightly sessions take place on a Wednesday afternoon in The Archaeology Lab, Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln. We’re breaking for Christmas and will begin again on January 10th, 2018.

We are currently working with The Portable Antiquities Scheme, identifying artifacts brought in by the public. Training is available and regular sessions are on a Friday afternoon. Opportunities are also available with our Church Graffiti Recording Project, again training is given. Perhaps there’s a church near you that you’d like to explore in this unique and rewarding way.

Summer Field School, 2017

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Field School – Lincoln Archaeology Group is supporting Bishop Grosseteste University Archaeology Field School this summer. The excavation is taking place at Harpswell in Lincolnshire from June 19th – July 15th, 2017. Members have been helping with the set up, including the marquee and some tricky new wheelbarrows!

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There will be an Open Day on Saturday July 15th, as part of the CBA Fesitival of Archaeology so come and see what we’ve found. There will be site tours, activities for all ages, plus stalls from Lincolnshire’s heritage and archaeology organisations. For Field School details see the Dig Lincoln website or contact us.

As part of the Festival of Archaeology we will also be running free drop-in session, suitable for children and adults, at Nettleham Hub, Wednesday July 26th 10-12 noon and at Welton Community Library (next to the Co-Op), Thursday July 27th 10am-1pm. Have a go at Archaeology Photography, (bring your camera or phone), handle real finds and try the ancient craft of twig weaving!


Finds processing in the new lab
Finds processing in the new lab

Finds Processing – Our popular sessions are now running again in the new, purpose built, Archaeology Lab at Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln. We’ll be working on material from Nettleham Bishops Meadow Community Dig and the Ermine Street project. There is plenty to do so please join us! Sessions are on the following dates –

Tuesday, 9th May 2017 – 1-4pm,

Tuesday, 23rd  May – 1-4pm,

Tuesday, 6th June 1-4pm


Ermine Street Community Dig at The Collection

Reconstructed Roman stamped pot nicknamed 'Daisyware'
Reconstructed Roman stamped pot nicknamed ‘Daisyware’


Exhibition currently at The Collection, Lincoln
Ermine St Dig Exhibition at The Collection, Lincoln

ErmineStDigLOGO ERMINE STREET COMMUNITY DIG – A free exhibition is now on show in the main reception at Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln until 31st March 2017 with finds and photographs from the project. An exhibition of the photographic portraits of our volunteers is at The Angel Coffee House from 18th March to April 8th, 2017.

We’re coming to the final stages of this major investigation. There was an evening reception at The Collection, Lincoln on Saturday 19th November, 2016 with presentations from our chair Brian Porter and our archaeologists Charles Simpson on the results of this year-long Heritage Lottery Funded Community Archaeology project. The exhibition continued for two months and we were thrilled at the public response.

” Fantastic display and a brilliant story of Lincolnshire’s past life’ –  SB, Lichfield

“Amazing! So brilliant to see a community project piecing together Lincoln’s history. Well done!” KP, Lincoln

We had more than one hundred volunteers take part in the series of test pits we dug along Newport and Riseholme Road in Lincoln, following the line Ermine Street, a major Roman road that runs from London to York.  For the full story on all their hard work, have a look at our Dig Diary page. The results of the excavations are changing what we know about the history and the people of this city. For more information see our Ermine Street Community Dig page.


We had wonderful support from schools , businesses and individuals. One of our key sponsors is Bishop Grosseteste University and the excavation enabled students to get real, hands-on experience of the archaeology. Here’s a short video showing everyone at work – BGU Community Archaeology. We loved having them with us and wish them all the best in their future careers.


Bishop’s Meadow Community Dig 2016, Nettleham  –Volunteers from Lincoln Archaeology Group supported Nettleham Heritage Association, and archaeologists from Banks Newton Heritage, excavating two test pits at Bishop’s Meadow.

LAG's Nigel sieving spoil from the Bishop's Meadow test pis.
LAG’s Nigel sieving spoil from the Bishop’s Meadow test pis.
LAG's Dorothy and NIkki check bone types during a Finds Processing session at Nettleham
LAG’s Dorothy and NIkki check bone types during a Finds Processing session at Nettleham

The digging phase ran from Sept 5th – 16th, 2016 in the field adjacent to the former Bishop’s Palace, once home to the Bishops of Lincoln, and now a scheduled ancient monument.

The project provided an opportunity for many people from the village to get their first hands-on experience of digging.  LAG volunteers also supported activities for children, with every class from Nettleham Junior School visiting the site and taking part in excavating, Finds washing and archaeological drawing.

A large quantity of bone and a very interesting range of Saxon ceramics was uncovered. Early conclusions are that the area was occupied much earlier than originally thought. Finds processing and analysis will continue into next year with more more open sessions planned. Get in touch if you’d like to take part.


LAG's Stewart, Nikki and Dorothy lending their experience. and practical support, at BGU Field School, Harpswell
LAG’s Stewart, Nikki and Dorothy lending their experience. and practical support, at BGU Field School, Harpswell

Bishop Grosseteste University Archaeology Field School – Volunteers from LAG and staff from Banks Newton Heritage again supported Bishop Grosseteste University’s summer excavation. This year’s training excavation took place at Harpswell, Lincolnshire in June and July. Led by Senior Lecturer Dr Duncan Wright and students from the UK and the USA  spent five weeks uncovering a largely medieval landscape.

LAG members have a wealth of experience having previously worked on the field school’s digs at at Sudbrooke Roman Villa site and the Roman and medieval remains of Ermine Street at Bishop Grosseteste University’s Lincoln campus.

They also played a key part running an open day at the Harpswell site, which is situated approximately 14 miles north of Lincoln, as part of the Festival of British Archaeology.

LAG volunteers with students & staff from Bishop Grosseteste University and Banks Newton Heritage at Harpswell
LAG volunteers with students & staff from Bishop Grosseteste University and Banks Newton Heritage at Harpswell
LAG's Avril helps a young visitor excavate our plastic practise skeleton
LAG’s Avril helps a young visitor excavate our plastic practise skeleton
Students, tutors and volunteers hard at work at Harpswell Field School
Students, tutors and volunteers hard at work at Harpswell Field School


Lincolnshire Medieval Graffiti Project –  we are continuing to provide support and training to individuals and groups who wish to take part in this exciting project.  We are always looking for more volunteers to record the fascinating graffiti that illustrates the layers of history hidden in our churches. With over 600 churches in the county there is likely to be a church near you! See our Medieval Graffiti page for more details.


Archaeology student and LAG volunteer Lucy on site
Archaeology student and LAG volunteer Lucy on site

Bricks and Bones 2016 – LAG volunteers were on site for the excavation at St Botolph’s Church in lower High Street in Lincoln. The aim was to look for evidence of the earlier medieval church damaged during the Siege of Lincoln in the Civil War. Children from Bishop King and St Peter at Gowts Primary Schools visited and took part in the digging and washing of artefacts. The mysteries undulations in the churchyard was proved to be Victorian alterations to allow more burials. However, numerous fragments high status glazed roof tile and stained glass were discovered giving a tantalising prospect that the site of the earlier church may yet be discovered.


Finds Processing Sessions – We will be processing the finds from the Ermine Street Dig test pits at our regular Wednesday afternoon sessions at BGU. We are also continuing our series of free specialist workshops on different aspects of archaeology including ceramics, artefact conservation and site recording.

We welcome all ages and abilities. Get in touch with our chair Brian Porter for more details. For a taste of what we get up to have a look at our short YouTube video – Ermine Street Dig 2015 

Meanwhile, feel free to explore our website. For a tour of our previous test pits, have a look at the Dig Diary. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook, just click on the icons at
the top of the page. Do contact us with any queries you have, we would love to hear from you.