Time team comes to Worthing… Well sort of! 👀
Our Communications Apprentice Dan is back on the blog and sharing his excitement over the possibility of an archeological discovery at Worthing’s Durrington Cemetery…
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This week I turned back time, literally, by going on an archaeological adventure.
Now I’m sure some of you will be thinking: “Worthing… What history is there to discover?”
Well, our town actually has a vast amount of prehistory to its name, with remains and artefacts found across the borough dating back as far as the stone age.
Granted, my information on Worthing being a supposed hotspot for archaeological action isn’t from the most reliable of sources…
Throughout school we were taught to avoid Wikipedia like to plague because of its lack of authenticity; but this page actually seems pretty legit, so I recommend that you have a browse sometime (History of Worthing – on Wikipedia).
Mystery, researching the past, and predicting the future are all things that get my imagination going. So when I was asked to go and find out more about a dig at Durrington Cemetery I was looking forward to hearing about any early discoveries they may have made.
The archaeological survey was commissioned in the wake of the plan to extend the cemetery, with up to 800 extra spaces being created in the next 30 to 35 years.
I arrived at the site on what was a scorcher of a day. So hot that when I arrived archaeologists John Cook and Gemma Ward were taking a water break in their shaded vehicles.
Once I’d introduced myself, John took me on a walk and talk of the site to show me what sort of works they’d been up to over the past 24 hours.
John not only introduced me to plenty of specialised archaeological equipment, but a load of terminology too – this is something I’ve learnt you get quite a lot of working in communications …
In short, the duo had set up a GPS system to map out the site and were scanning the field with a machine called a magnetometer. With this equipment the team were able to create a map of the site, which clearly marks out any changes in solid ground.
Once Gemma had finished scanning the next section of ground, John took the machine over to his vehicle and set about uploading the data to his laptop.
The virtual map had revealed a deep ditch underneath the ground that he said could be something such as a post medieval boundary. It may even be something a little more interesting.
So who knows, Worthing may still get it’s time team moment of discovering some Roman soldiers helmet!
I plan on returning to this interesting project at Durrington Cemetery soon. So be sure to look out for posts on our social media accounts.