The people of Manchester are to be offered a chance to take place in one of the biggest public archaeological digs ever staged, with around 9000 volunteers spread across 11 sites in Manchester & Blackburn.
Uncovering remains from the Medieval to the Industrial Revolution, the sites will allow people from the Manchester communities alongside school and university students to work beside professional archaeologists and find out much more about where they live.
Each of the 10 Greater Manchester boroughs will have a site, and the digs will run alongside lectures and presentations on the history of the area. Norman Redhead, Greater Manchester County Archaeologist said “I suspect local communities will be amazed at what they uncover on their doorstep”.
The project is expected to last around 4 years and should start sometime in 2012.