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Festival offers chance to join Godolphin dig

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: July 17, 2013

By Matt Robson

The Grade I listed Godolphin House   was once one of the most fashionable country houses in the country

The Grade I listed Godolphin House was once one of the most fashionable country houses in the country

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A Westcountry estate is celebrating its past as part of a nationwide Festival of Archaeology, and one of the main attractions is an archaeological dig in the grounds.

The event allows the public to visit the grounds of Godolphin, between Helston and Penzance, and get involved with some of the archaeological digs that will be taking place between July 15 and 28. It offers opportunities to get hands-on in some archaeological trenches and meet the archaeologists, finding out about the day's discoveries.

The ultimate aim of the event is to convey to the public a sense of heritage, and the idea that Cornish heritage in particular is something that should be protected. Staff at the National Trust property believe that getting volunteers in and opening the site to the public could help people in understanding the importance of local history.

Siobhan Rescorla, the visitor services officer at Godolphin, believes that the I Dig Godolphin event will be "very exciting for staff, volunteers and visitors", and goes on to say that "we hope to have produced some interesting historical finds, telling us more about the history of Godolphin".

With family activities on offer such as 'guess the artefact' and other archaeology-related games, I Dig Godolphin is sure to attract plenty of visitors.

As well as the Time Team-esque event going on outside the house itself, I Dig Godolphin is also offering the chance to handle some of the artefacts previously found in the estate, and visitors will even be allowed to handle some of the items themselves (provided they wear protective cotton gloves, of course).

There's no guessing what could be found in an archaeological dig, especially in an area with a history as rich and colourful as Cornwall's.

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