Cellars backfilled as Cathedral roundabout dig nears end

Published Friday, 15th May 2015

The archaeological dig at Worcester's Cathedral Square roundabout site is nearing completion and preparations are under way for the road improvements.

Archaeologists will finish their dig for historical artefacts over the next week but on Wednesday began the task of preparing the site. These works have been carefully planned to ensure that the cellars and the important deposits on the site will remain intact as a legacy for the future. Existing traffic management at the island was not being affected.

A total of seven cellars were uncovered during the works but the remaining five will not be filled yet due to their proximity to where archaeologists are continuing to work. Any finds from the cellars have now been recorded by the archaeologists, drawn and photographed.

Cllr John Smith OBE, Worcestershire County Council Cabinet Member for Highways, said: "Archaeological excavation of the site is nearing completion and work is progressing well. It is pleasing to see the public interest in the dig and the scheme in general and we will endeavour to keep people informed as and when more information becomes available."

Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology Service has been giving tours from Wednesdays to Saturdays, 9.30am and 3.30pm and so far these have been attended by 450 people. However the tours will finish tomorrow (Saturday 16 May).

In addition more than 200 people attended a pop-up exhibition featuring artefacts and photographs from the dig when it was held at St Helen's Church last Saturday (May 9).

More details about the excavations can be found on the blog http://diglichstreet.blogspot.co.uk/