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Last Updated: Saturday, 18 September, 2004, 08:38 GMT 09:38 UK
Windmill dig unearths history
Brixton Windmill
Brixton Windmill was built in 1816
Amateur archaeologists have been invited to an excavation site to find out about the history of a windmill in south London.

The dig at the Brixton Windmill will take place after the site is prepared with the help of the Museum of London Archaeology Service.

An expert will be on hand, to help identify artefacts, on Saturday.

Local archaeologist Lesley Smith and the Friends of Windmill Gardens jointly organised the project.

Ms Smith said: "For many people Brixton has no heritage.

No museum

"It is known primarily for its drugs and social problems, not its fascinating history.

"People in the area love the windmill, but what do they know about its history? Not very much.

"Lambeth doesn't have a museum or heritage centre, so if local people want to find out about their past they have to do it for themselves and what better way than digging it up for themselves."

Pre-excavation workshops have been delivered by Ms Smith at the local schools and at after school clubs.

The excavation continues between 20 - 24 September when the children will visit the excavation.

They will have the chance to dig, identify artefacts and carry out environmental sampling.

The Brixton Windmill was built in 1816 when Brixton Hill was open fields.

It was still a working mill in the early 20th Century, but it eventually fell into disuse.

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