PEOPLE with an interest in Roman history are being invited to take part in a dig next month in the area around Pendle Hill.

The Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership is running an excavation from July 18 to July 29 and is welcoming anyone from the area to go along and take part. The dig, which will see volunteers working alongside professional archaeologists, is an continuation of an excavation that took place last year of a short section of Roman road between Clitheroe, Worston and Chatburn.

The route of the road can be seen on OS maps and using LiDAR technology. There is a high chance of finding Prehistoric, Roman and Medieval artefacts along the route, due to the rich historic nature of Pendle Hill. The partnership says the community dig will be an opportunity to learn about excavation and geophysical survey, and is also a great training opportunity.

Northern Archaeological Associates will be leading the way, showing how excavations involve the meticulous removal of earth from specific trenches.

Jess Wight, co-ordinating the volunteer effort on behalf of the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership said: "Our excavation is absolutely free, we just need volunteers to sign up via our weblink so we can keep everyone safe on site. Please bring your enthusiasm and a packed lunch, we can sort out the rest. Please dress for the weather and expect to get muddy."

The dig will take place on the private Henson cement works at Clitheroe. It is open to all, including children of at least seven years old, but they do need to be accompanied by an adult. Digs will take place every day from 9am to 4pm, sign up at: