Archaeologists and soldiers return in ground-breaking project

Posted by er134 at Apr 04, 2013 05:11 PM |
University of Leicester archaeological staff and students are taking part in a new dig as part of an award-winning project with injured soldiers
Archaeologists and soldiers return in ground-breaking project

Photograph from a previous Operation Nightingale dig in July 2012. L-R Kathy Ashley, Deirdre O'Sullivan, Cpl Steve Winterton, Rifleman Rowan Kendrick

Operation Nightingale - which has been recognised by the British Archaeological Awards for its innovation - has seen soldiers excavating the remains of a Roman building at Caerwent Training Area, near Newport in Wales.

Professor Simon James, of the University of Leicester’s School of Archaeology and Ancient History, and a group of seven students from the School are helping with the dig.

The unique and highly successful programme was created by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) and Defence Archaeology Group, and also gives injured Military Personnel the opportunity to learn a series of archaeological techniques.

The excavation at Caerwent started on March 24 and has involved a total of 18 soldiers working to uncover a stone building, thought to date back to the 3rd or 4th Century AD.

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