Views from the trench

This is a new site to me as an archaeological project but I have passed the park for many years and have looked over into the shade of the trees which give the park a slightly hidden, mysterious look. Having now set foot in it, I feel a sense of the park as a green lung in the middle of Manchester, different in appearance but similar in function from its first days in the 1890’s, when it was known as Potter’s Field. Meeting all the participants in the dig was really good. I was so impressed with the way that the three ‘teams’ set to with a will to get stuck in. In my trench today (4 – the hard graft trench), everyone was so involved to the extent that a team spirit appears to have evolved already – Go trench 4! Local people called in with two of them offering to contribute to our oral history (memory) archive. School children also came to look, some of whom were very interested in the finds. Star finds today are a range of milk bottles and a medicine bottle. A really good first day all round.

Alison Burns

MA Student

The University of Manchester


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