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Chancefield Trenches

As part of the Big Dig Falkland Estate 2016 a number of areas on Falkland Estate were investigated, in an effort to investigate the fascinating heritage of royal medieval deer hunting at Falkland. The focus of the dig was the ‘deer park pale’ a large bank with a ditch and wooden palisade on top that would have enclosed the park, keeping the deer inside. The other area of attention is known as the Chancefield trenches, which are thought to have been used in trapping and sorting deer for the medieval park.

Dr Oliver O'Grady shares some of the preliminary findings of the community archaeology dig.