Caterham Rotary Club were recently delighted to support The East Surrey Museum at the “Rod Stead Archaeological Dig” for young people, which took place at Queens Park Caterham.

The event this year was named after the former Museum Chairman and Rotarian, Rod Stead, who sadly passed away late in 2022.

The dig, organised by Peter Connelly, Museum Curator, utilised the services of Wayne Weller Archaeology Officer from Surrey Community Archaeology who provided the necessary equipment and opened two patches of ground. His knowledge and expertise proved invaluable. Also on hand was a local Metal Detectorist Richard Joly, who like last year proved a great success with the children in helping them to discover a few interesting items.

Many of the children who took part last year returned this year with their own detecting devices.

The event was a great success with over 230 people visiting over the two days.

 Malcolm Russell from Caterham Rotary said, “the finds proved interesting, with the dig unearthing (subject to verification), fragments of medieval pottery in addition the Metal Detectorist found a raft of Victorian coins, along with other pieces.”

 Of most interest was an aged, enamelled badge, with the lettering S H and a brooch which has been left with the Surrey Finds Officer for verification.

A display has now been set up at the Museum 1 Stafford Rd, Caterham, Surrey CR3 6JG
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