A PROJECT uncovering the history of Blackbird Leys had a successful first day yesterday.

More than 20 volunteers started digging at a site near the Kassam Stadium as part of the East Oxford Archaeology Project (Archeox).

Over the next five weeks they hope to uncover details of a 12th century priory at the Minchery Farm Paddock.

Project manager Jane Harrison said: “We’ve found bits of medieval pottery, floor tiles and building remains, showing where walls were. We are hoping to find more interesting things over the next few weeks.”

The dig marks the biggest excavation carried out by Archeox to date.

The four-year initiative, which has been funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Oxford University’s John Fell Fund, has been busy excavating across East Oxford and in Rose Hill, Blackbird Leys and Littlemore since early 2011.

To take part in the dig, contact jane@archeox.net or jo@archeox.net