Excerpt for 'English Heretics Magazine' August 2006
CHRONIC CAPERS' BIG BOOT DIG
Since the discovery of the 'Transit Van Amulet', by students of a West Country university, Channel 7's 'Chronic Capers' programme has decided that it to be the focus of its annual 'Chronic Capers Live' broadcast this August Bank Holiday.
Members of the public are being invited to join in with the event by registering on the 'BIG BOOT DIG' website www.chronic_capers.com/bigbootdig.
Toby Robertson, front man to Chronic Capers, said, "We want as many people as possible, to delve into their cars, and join us in searching for lost treasure" He added, "This will give members of the public the chance to participate in real archaeology and help them to understand what it is like to be an archaeologist."
As well as hosting the national event the team from Chronic Capers hope to find the site where the Transit Van was originally excavated. Toby Robertson said, "The original excavation records have been lost from the early 90s but we believe that the site was to the north of Montgomery near the English/Welsh border."
Over the August Bank Holiday Chronic Capers will carry out geophizz and excavations around the village of Forden.
Toby Robertson said, "We have documentation from a 1920s excavation of the Forden motte and bailey castle that suggests it overlies a roman-british temple, which we now believe may have ben dedicated to the goddess 'Transvania' or 'Transbenna'." Toby Robertson went on to say, "Though we know that there is a romano-british temple on the site we think perhaps that the van was uncovered from the adjacent earthwork originally built by Offa."
Chronic Capers Live will be shown throughout the weekend of August Bank Holiday featuring 'The Big Boot Dig' and the Forden ' Dig Van Dyke' excavation.
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