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Excavation at Pontefract General Infirmary

Last Updated 16 October 2011 17:48

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This is a preliminary announcement to inform you of the success of our joint campaign with Pontefract Civic Society (PFAG) to protect and/or record the remains of St Richard's Priory beneath the infirmary.

As a result of the public meeting held on Tuesday 12th, the petition, and constant lobbying, members of PFAG - the Pontefract Friary Action Group - were invited to a meeting of the local National Health Hospitals Trust.

There will now be no further penetration of the archaeological levels, and the priory site will be buried to protect it in future.

Further, this society will be carrying out an excavation on the north west part of the infirmary site (immediately to the left of the top of Bluebell Steps) beginning on Tuesday 26th July. The area chosen is that of the monastic and post-monastic cemetery where graves have previously been noted.

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Web : Membership /Risk Assessment The dig will continue through August into September. I am happy to inform you that Consort Healthcare are kindly providing parking and toilet facilities, whilst Archaeological Services West Yorkshire will supply us with tools etc. Consort are also making a machine available for heavy earth- moving.

The excavation will be directed by our Field Director, Simon Tomson, whilst member Dr J McNaught will be in charge of the palaeopathological aspects and post excavation analyses.

Only fully paid-up members can take part - this is a requirement of our insurance, and participants will be asked to show their current membership cards. An application form is available on the weblink above.

Nearer to the date I will circulate joining details, times etc., and details of how to inform the staff of your intended participation.

As usual, please do not reply to this email address, which is for outgoing mail only. Enquiries may be sent to my personal address : erichoulder@yahoo.com