Published: 22 April 2015

Be part of the Big Dig at Calderstones

Bird carving on the stone

Students are invited to take part in an archaeological dig at Calderstones Park being run by the University of Liverpool’s partner, the Reader Organisation, and National Museums Liverpool.

Earlier this month, a 13 year old boy on a school trip made a startling discovery on one of the six Neolithic Calderstones which give their name to the Allerton park.

Connor Hannaway and his classmates from Calderstones School were being shown the ancient monument, which pre-dates Stonehenge and the Pyramids at Giza, when he noticed a faint engraving of a bird and asked his guide what it symbolised.  Until then, the etching, which is thought to have been added during the medieval period, had remained unnoticed by archaeologists for hundreds of years.

The Big Dig takes place between Monday 27 April and Friday 8 May. With the park open to public excavation for the first time ever, more than 40 volunteers from the local community will join local archaeologists hoping to find further evidence of the earliest settlers to the area.

There are only a few volunteer places remaining for Friday 1 May; to find out more, please contact Richard MacDonald via: or by calling 0151 729 2200.

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