The Westmorland GazetteHistorians plan to keep on digging at Sizergh Castle (From The Westmorland Gazette)

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Historians plan to keep on digging at Sizergh Castle

The Westmorland Gazette: Jamie Lund, National Trust regional archaeologist, Allan Steward of Levens Local History Group, Mark Brennand, Cumbria historical environment officer and Stephen Read Gill Wood of Levens Local History Group Jamie Lund, National Trust regional archaeologist, Allan Steward of Levens Local History Group, Mark Brennand, Cumbria historical environment officer and Stephen Read Gill Wood of Levens Local History Group

A COMMUNITY archaeology venture is to be extended to assess how the ecology of South Lakeland has changed in the aeons since the last Ice Age. The Sizergh: Dig in the Park 2013 project was run by Levens Local History Group last summer and completed a survey of part of the National Trust estate.

It gave volunteers including enthusiasts and local school-children an opportunity to take part in a survey of a portion of the area.

Now, two extensions to the project have won backing from the Heritage Lottery Fund – the first is a detailed analysis of pollen samples which should produce a picture of the development of the local ecology since the last Ice Age.

The second, funded by the National Trust, is to date the castle’s Great Barn timbers using tree-ring dating, known as dendrochronology.

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