Dig for Greater Manchester - thousands plan to scoop up history with their trowels

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - 07:31 in Paleontology & Archaeology

The UK's biggest archaeology project starts burrowing under Leigh this MarchHave you ever wondered why you always find fragments of blue and white pottery wherever you dig in urban Britain?Was there a mass smashing of China in protest against the Boxer uprising? Or did some 19th century quack suggest that broken crockery was an infallible deterrent to slugs?We may find out a little more courtesy of Greater Manchester's biggest-ever archaeological project which is roping-in more than 9000 people to dig for history.Over the next four years, everyone from pensioners to primary school children are going to be involved in Dig Greater Manchester, starting in March in Leigh with an excavation at Etherstone Hall. Sites will then be announced for later this year in Bury, Oldham and Stockport and by 2016 all 11 of the Greater Manchester councils will have joined in – plus Blackburn with Darwen which asked if it...

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