A team of amateur archaeologists has started digging in the Greyfriars Priory in Gloucester, the first in Gloucestershire to be carried out with volunteers supervised by the Cotswold Institute of Archeology.
The eight volunteers who participate are from the area and archaeologists say they hope to find remains of the building's cloisters dating from the 16th century, although the work is mainly done as part of the restoration of the old Gloscat College which is next to this archaeological monument.
“The archeology at this site is not well cared for and is a great opportunity for us"Said the archaeologist Laurie coleman, who added that “we hope to find the cloisters or auxiliary buildings related to the site”.
The team of volunteers, ranging from novices to enthusiastic amateurs, is supervised by four professional archaeologists. The project manager, Rob winstone, said "While there will be experts to guide and instruct, it was my intention that Gloucester residents themselves will take the lead in this exciting community project”.