The Hapton Big Dig project, 'Archaeological evaluation of Hapton Tower and adjacent earthworks', received a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2017, for a community archaeology project. The grant was obtained by Bluestone Archaeology CIC in collaboration with Hapton Heritage Committee.


Open days 9-10 June 2018

The Hapton Big Dig project is holding an Open Day weekend on the 9th and 10th of June 2018. To coincide with the Hapton Heritage Festival Weekend archaeologists will be at Hapton Tower in Hapton Park to show visitors around the site. If attending you will have a chance to meet the archaeologists and ask questions about the results so far. The site is a good 20 minute walk up Hameldon Hill, strong walking boots advised. Meet at the Agra restaurant car park on Saturday 9th and meet at the Ruskin Grove Community Centre car park on Sunday 10th. The site will be open to the public between 11am and 5pm. Please email to register your interest.

Next phase of excavation 16-22 April 2018

We will be doing more excavation on the site starting on 16th April for seven days, funded by a small grant from the Hameldon Hill Community Fund. To reserve your place, contact Places are limited.

Public lecture in Towneley Hall - Saturday 10th March 2018 - 11:00 am

The public lecture on the Hapton Big Dig Project was given by Dr Robert Philpott FSA in Towneley Hall on Saturday, 10th March. Starts 11am. We presented the provisional results of the excavation on the site of the medieval Hapton Tower and interpretations of the puzzling earthworks nearby. We looked at the background to the dig, why we chose Hapton, and what the current thinking is on results.

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