Richmond Castle archaeological dig to feature on BBC TV

Richmond Castle. Photo: Dylan Moore.

A community archaeological dig at Richmond Castle is to feature on BBC TV this week.

The dig took place last summer as part of the town’s 950th anniversary celebrations.

Dr Alice Roberts and the team from the TV series Digging for Britain spent a day filming the project for the programme.

The dig will be featured on the show’s third episode screened at 8pm on Thursday on BBC2.

The Community Archaeology Project was funded by Richmond Civic Society, Richmondshire District Council, the Castle Studies Trust and some individual sponsors.

Marcia McLuckie, from the Richmond 950 committee, said: “Featuring in Digging for Britain is another piece of excellent publicity for Richmond and another positive outcome from last year’s 950th celebrations.”

The programme notes state: “In North Yorkshire, a team of community volunteers are digging down beneath Richmond Castle, one of the country’s oldest and best-preserved Norman castles, and what they find tells a rich 1,000-year story, from its origins as a Norman stronghold to the intimate role it played as a prison for conscientious objectors during the First World War.”

The dig was led by Jim Brightman of local company Solstice Heritage.

During the dig, a rare coin featuring the face of William the Conqueror was discovered by an amateur archaeologist.

The silver penny was was unearthed by Richmond resident Jenny Reid-Young who was taking part in her first archaeologist dig.

The coin featuring the face of William the Conqueror.

 

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