Archaeology at Copped Hall in 2018
The Archaeology Experience Weekends
The Copped Hall Trust Archaeological Project 2018 series of Archaeology Experience Weekends kicked off
on Saturday 14th July. Below are some pictures of the trench and the work being done on the Tudor staircase
between the upper and lower lawns.
The attendees on the first Archaeology Experience Weekend starting the clean-up
of the trench containing the remains of the Tudor staircase.
Some of the participants getting advice on the details of excavating the staircase.
A close-up on the careful excavation of the base layers of the staircase, to
investigate its structure and constituents.
Director of the weekends, Lee Joyce, is here giving a
presentation on the possible history, phasing and structure of the staircase, based on the
archaeological evidence uncovered so far.
The team working on the staircase during the second Experience Weekend.
One unexpected item that was uncovered was this Victorian land-drain
running down the bank just below the surface, from the top of the retaining wall to below the path that ran
across the bottom of the staircase.
At the end of the weekend there was a round-up by the team
members about what they had been doing, what they had found and how they interpreted it.
The Field School
The Field School continued the work done during the members dig, earlier in the year, on the
foundations and walls to the west of the house cellars in the rose garden trench.
View looking across the rose garden trench showing the walls
and foundation found outside the house, with the walls of the cellars under the straw bales in the
The outer side of the complex garden wall and pillar structures
on the West side of the Rose garden. The walls of the cellars are covered by the straw bales in the
Carefully excavating the Southern end of the garden
wall structure, with a related support pillar and possible pebble path surface next to it, in the
Looking North along the garden wall across the complicated
foundations, pillars and brick structures on the West side of the wall. The gap in the yew hedge in
the background looks towards where the front of the Tudor mansion was sited.
Carefully excavating the surface of the brick drain
under the walkway next to the garden wall. Also visible are several of the related support pillars and
a vertical brick drain in the background, with a substantial brick structure going off to the
Excavating inside the substantial brick structures on the West
side of the garden wall. The thickness of the wall can be clearly seen, with various courses being
at different angles and alignments, suggesting that construction may have been in several phases.