Archaeologists start to unearth the secrets of Wakefield Castle

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The first stages of a project to unearth the city’s hidden castle started this week.

Volunteers and archaeologists have been clearing the undergrowth of Lowe Hill in Clarence Park, where Wakefield Castle once stood.

Archaeologists from West Yorkshire Archaeology Service have carried out geophysical surveys of the land, using specialist equipment, to determine whether anything is buried beneath the earth.

David Harrison from the Archaeological Services WYAS said: “This site was a priority above others in West Yorkshire as there was so little information known about it. By the summer we should have a better understanding of what has been built on Lowe Hill over the years and perhaps more evidence about who occupied the site.”

The Friends of Clarence, Holmfield and Thornes Parks (CHaT) will work with archeologists over the next few weeks to carry out a Time Team-style investigation of the site.

The group has been given £10,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to involve schools and volunteers with the project.

Group members were shown how to use the equipment this week, to help scan the surface for any medieval remains.

If the survey is successful archaeologists could apply to excavate the site.

The project will be filmed by Wakefield film company One to One Productions.

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