Shrewsbury Castle excavations September 2020

After a successful first archaeological dig in 2019, Shrewsbury Castle is set for a second dig season this September funded by the Castle Studies Trust.

The 2020 dig will build on the success and answer questions that arose from the 2019 project. The team will excavate a trench on the grassed slope of the western rampart overlooking the drive close to the Great Hall.

This years’ dig will again be led by Dr Nigel Baker and is a partnership project between Shropshire Council, University Centre Shrewsbury, Shropshire Museums and the Castle Studies Trust.

The dig will take place from 1 to 18 September and will allow for social distancing and other COVID-19 safety measures to be in place to keep the dig team, staff and visitors safe.

Shrewsbury Castle is now open again after being closed during lockdown.  During the excavations, visitors to the castle will be able witness history being uncovered and ask the excavation team questions from a safe distance. In 2019, 4,500 people visited the Castle and were actively engaged with the dig team.