Monk Fryston Time Team was formed in 2009 to research and record the history of the village of Monk Fryston. In 2011 the members organised and funded An Introduction to Archaeology Course held in the Village to undertake further research.
This spring the Team will be starting its 5th season of excavation on this highly productive site within the grounds of Monk Fryston Hall. This site has been occupied from the early medieval period, when Benedictine monks from Selby Abbey were awarded the Manor of Fryston until the late Victorian period when the site was remodelled by the Hemsworth Family.
If this is your first time on the excavation site, you will find it useful to look at the information elsewhere on our website This year dig takes place on 13 days over a 4 week period from 23rd April to 15th May.
Our excavation last year was very successful and very sociable despite or perhaps because we were quite formal about how we conducted the Dig. Therefore we wish to follow last years guidelines again this year.
Set out below are key points covering what is required of you to join the dig.
The key points will also be available at the dig site.
We require everyone who attends the site to sign in and out each day, and to wear their Time Team ID badge when on site. The ID badges will be handed back each day when signing out.
The site will be open and working between 9.30 and 5pm each day. The site will be managed by the Project Manager Ray Newton and all archaeological activities will be under the control of the Site Director and Archaeologist Simon Tomson.
Access to the site is from the new gate on Fryston Common Lane. Car parking is also available on Fryston Common Lane. Please do not enter the site from the main Hotel entrance or use the Hotel car park, these are reserved for Hotel guests only. Please see attached Site Plan for access and parking along Fryston Common Lane.
There will be tea breaks (15min) in the morning and the afternoon and a 1 hour lunch break. Separate ladies and gents toilets will be available on site together with hand washing, drinking water and tea/coffee making facilities.
We expect everyone to bring their own lunch and snacks, the village post office and stores are nearby and sell a wide range of food and drinks.
Volunteers who are signed in will become temporary members of Monk Fryston Time Team and hence will be covered by our public liability and employers liability insurances. There is a first aid kit on site, but you are recommended to bring some plasters with you. A qualified first aider will be nearby much of the time.
Here are some common sense guidelines to ensure your safety and the comfort of others.
> You are strongly advised to wear clothing appropriate to the working conditions and personal protective clothing such as hard hats (which will be provided) when appropriate or so requested by supervisory staff.
> Suitable stout footwear must be worn at all times, bare feet, open toed footwear, ‘flip-flops’ or similar are not acceptable. Access to the site will be denied to anyone whose clothing or footwear is considered by a supervisor to give inadequate safety protection.
> You are advised to bring sunblock and hat, protective gloves, kneeler or kneepads and insect repellent.
> If you are an experienced volunteer excavator then we ask you to bring your own equipment such as:- kneeler, trowel, spade, hand shovel, mattock etc
> Accidents please report accidents / injuries to your supervisor. There will normally be a designated qualified First Aider on site as well as the First Aid Kit kept in the Site Hut.
> Smoking is not allowed in the working areas of the site. There will be a designated permitted area for smoking.
> Personal radios and MP3 players; please leave these at home, it makes essential communication very difficult!
> Your supervisor will tell you of any particular procedures or hazards relating to the area you are working in.
> Don’t walk too close to the edge of an excavation – the edges are very unstable
> Look out for trip hazards such as pegs, tapes, strings, tools and uneven ground. (If pegs become dislodged, please tell your supervisor, as they have to be measured back in)
> Be considerate to others and don’t let tools left on the ground become a hazard;
> Buckets and wheelbarrows should not be filled beyond your capacity.
> Remember that wet planking can become very slippery!
> The upper point of picks and mattocks must not be raised above shoulder height in use or when carried;
> At the end of each day, all site tools should be removed from the trenches, cleaned up and placed in the tool store. Personal tools and items should be taken off site.
Our Behavioural Policy – How to be my new best friend!
This Excavation is being run and managed by volunteers who don’t want to be policemen, they just want to have an enjoyable few weeks with like minded people.
> We would like you to be polite and not use bad language
> We would like you to take your turn at making the tea or coffee and clearing up at the end of the day
> We would like you to take your rubbish home
> We would like you to leave the toilets as you would wish to find them.
> We ask you not to take unathorised photographs or videos when on the site. Permission from the Site Director would not normally be withheld but it is best to ask first
> Please observe the site policies
> We would not like you to ‘crowd out’ other excavators. Please respect their personal space
> We wouldn’t like to see anyone ‘pocketing finds’ and not sharing them with everyone
We hope that you have a very enjoyable and productive dig in Monk Fryston.
Want to get involved?
Whether you are an experienced enthusiast or a beginner, you can take part in our Project.
Our Next Meetings are at:-
Monk Fryston Community Centre
Tuesday 27th September
Burton Salmon Village Hall
Tuesday 25th October
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