Digging up priory secrets

PUBLISHED: 12:50 05 July 2007 | UPDATED: 15:10 12 May 2010

Mr Newman and Emma Rees are pictured at the dig

Mr Newman and Emma Rees are pictured at the dig

ARCHAEOLOGISTS hope to unearth the secrets of Royston Priory during a dig which started this week. The team from Cambridge University archaeological unit are conducting what is thought to be the first excavation of the priory site in Fish Hill, which date

ARCHAEOLOGISTS hope to unearth the secrets of Royston Priory during a dig which started this week.

The team from Cambridge University archaeological unit are conducting what is thought to be the first excavation of the priory site in Fish Hill, which dates back to the 12th century.

Project supervisor Richard Newman said: "Royston Priory was an Augustinian priory, but other than that very little is known about it.

"We don't know what to expect from this dig really."

The archaeologists expect to be on the site for about two weeks, and have already dug two trenches.

They have discovered some tiles and what they believe could be part of the priory wall.

"It certainly marks a boundary, and it may be part of the priory wall itself," said Mr Newman.

"It's still very early in the dig, so we need to continue to investigate.

"The priory was destroyed during the dissolution of the monasteries, but we're hoping there are still some artefacts hidden away.

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