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TV's Big Dig for Cook 'treasure'.

A search for pieces of the past saw young and old dig deep at Middlesbrough's Stewart Park.

Coverage of an archaeological excavation at the birthplace of Captain Cook was televised last night by Channel 4's Time Team Big Dig programme.

Organisers of the big dig, at the site of the medieval village of East Marton, were hoping to unearth the cottage where Captain Cook once lived.

Time Team presenter Carenza Lewis looked on during the progamme as youngsters helped unearth part of a wall which, it is hoped, could belong to Cook's cottage, dating back to around 1728.

Explaining that the visible red brick and white mortar could be a wall, she said: "You are the first people in 200 years to have seen this."

Finds during the week have included pieces of glass, coins and 18th century pottery.

The team of diggers was captured on camera by a Channel 4 film crew.

And it is hoped more can be discovered as digging continues this weekend.

The Stewart Park dig was organised by Tees Archaeology as part of the national excavation, televised all this week by the popular Channel 4 Time Team show.

Across the country around 1,000 test pits have been dug in areas where a variety of archaeological finds have been unearthed.

Today and tomorrow members of the public have been offered an opportunity to roll up their sleeves and join in the delicate dig at Stewart Park.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Jun 28, 2003
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