Albury Park test pitting and open day

Monday, 10 June, 2024 - 10:00 to Thursday, 13 June, 2024 - 16:00

We will be returning for a second year of test pitting this season at Albury Park to investigate the deserted medieval settlement which once stretched across the course of the former road which continued all the way to Shere. The original village of Albury was displaced in the early 19th century (to its current location to the west), and little now remains standing of the former cottages. However, with the help of geophysical survey, LiDAR and - of course - a large-scale series of test pits spread across the site, we are working to uncover and learn more about the original settlement! (read more about the project here).

Our first week of test pitting will take place from Monday 10 to Thursday 13 June. Volunteers are welcome for both finds and digging; no prior experience needed and all tools provided. 

A second week of test pitting will run from Monday 29 July to Thursday 1 August. As part of the Festival of Archaeology, there will also be an open day on Sunday 28 July (12:00-15:00) where members of the public are invited to see some of the finds already excavated earlier in the summer, and have a go at helping to dig some of the pits. No prior experience or booking is needed - families welcome! Parking is available by the Saxon Church. A bookable guided walk around the Park will also be available (details to come).

The final week of test pitting is currently planned for Monday 9 to Thursday 12 September

If interested in taking part and wanting to be added to the project mailing list, please contact our community archaeologist Anne at

volunteer digging a test pit

volunteers around a test pit

Postal Address: 
Albury Park