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Morwellham Quay Industrial Excavations – Devon

May 20, 2008

Morwellham Quay Industrial Excavations: Volunteers wanted! (near Tavistock)
Dates:  26 July – 3 August 2008

Our main excavation this year will excavate the upper deck and empty the well of a small 18th century lime kiln. This will enable its conservation, while hopefully locating large quantities of mid-late 19th century domestic rubbish, including ginger beer bottles from the neighbouring Ship Inn. We will also open some trial excavations in the vicinity, to explore the earlier development of the port.

The excavation of the upper deck of the kiln, also the trial excavations will be suitable for adults and children, but the limekiln well excavation will be restricted to adults only. We will be placing an age limit of 12 years and over this year, and ask that all children under 16 are accompanied by a parent or guardian. Smaller children can of course watch what we are doing. All volunteers are welcome, it doesn’t matter if you have little or no experience, as training will be given on the job. Most equipment is provided, but please bring along a small pointing trowel (not a gardening trowel!) and a kneeler.

Camping is available on site, with toilet/handwashing facilities, but not showers/baths. There is a leisure centre in Tavistock which provides shower facilities in association with its public swimming pool and sports centre. There is also a commercial campsite nearby, at Woodovis Park, about 1.5 miles from Morwellham on the Milton Abbot road. Their telephone number is 01822 832968. If you are interested in helping for all or part of the week, or need further details:

 email: clearly marking the email ’Morwellham’ or telephone me on 01364 652963, evenings (answerphone).

Morwellham Quay’s website:

Hope to see you there! Robert Waterhouse, Morwellham Quay Archaeologist Pre-booking is required.

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