Time Team expert leads church excavation

PUBLISHED: 13:30 07 September 2015

Phil Harding.

Phil Harding.

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A TIME Team archaeologist will lead a week of events at a medieval church.

St Nicholas Church at Uphill.St Nicholas Church at Uphill.

Phil Harding, who appeared on the Channel 4 programme Time Team, will spend a week at the partially-ruined St Nicholas’ Church on the hill at Uphill.

The event is being held as part of the Churches Conservation Trust’s annual Hidden Somerset digs.

It is being held in memory of Mick Aston from Sandford, who was a colleague of Mr Harding’s on Time Team.

He was also a supporter of the Hidden Somerset archaeological projects, and led several digs himself until his death in June 2013.

Visitors will be able to take part in excavations at the church alongside professional archaeologists and hear talks about what has been discovered.

On-site training will be provided in a number of techniques, including radar surveying, which collects data from under the ground, and metric surveying, which uses lasers to collect details of the building.

Neil Rushton, from the Churches Conservation Trust, said: “We’re delighted Phil will be joining us in the trench at St Nicholas’ Church Uphill for what looks set to be a fantastic week of archaeology.

“Best of all, everyone is invited to join us and get their hands dirty learning about the hidden history of the Weston area.

“At the Churches Conservation Trust, we believe archaeology belongs to everyone and we hope to see plenty of new faces on the dig.

“We’re even offering visitors a rare chance to climb the tower at St Nicholas’.”

The event is being held at the church from Monday until September 12, open 10am-4pm daily, except Monday when it will run from 2-4pm. The sessions are free and open to people with no archaeological experience.

On September 12, there will be a number of talks and tower tours.

To book a place, call 01179 291766 or email nrushton@thecct.org.uk

The Churches Conservation Trust helps to maintain St Nicholas’ Church.

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