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Digging for the Past in Southwold and Reydon

By Sarah Groves, also posted in News on

Dr Carenza Lewis with pot fragmentOver four days, from Thursday 28th to Sunday 31st August 2014, a team of archaeologists from the University of Cambridge will be overseeing a number of small 'test pit' garden excavations in Southwold and Reydon to find out how the area has developed over hundreds of years in the past. The ‘Dig for the Past’ event is being run by Dr Carenza Lewis, Director of Access Cambridge Archaeology at Cambridge University, well-known from Channel 4’s Time Team and the BBC’s Story of England and The Great British Story. The project is supported by Touching the Tide, a Heritage Lottery Funded scheme taking place along the Suffolk coast from Covehithe to Felixstowe. Dr Carenza Lewis comments: "Touching the Tide's 'Big Dig' in Southwold and Reydon will be a brilliant chance for anyone and everyone who loves, or lives in, this wonderful place to join together with University of Cambridge experts in excavating gardens across the town for evidence to reconstruct the town's history. Digging in an important port which has witnessed centuries of change, I anticipate lots of amazing and unusual finds." Carenza and her team of experts will be on hand to help keen excavators create their test pits as well as to identify and date discoveries.

Your chance to be an archaeologist for a day

Test pit volunteers from previous ACA projectWith around 18 test pits, there’s plenty of room for extra volunteers so if you’d like to join in, or simply find out more about what’s going on, you’re very welcome. Just pop in and speak with the Southwold Museum team at the Stella Peskett Millennium Hall near Mights Bridge, Southwold, during the event between 9am and 5pm. Carenza and her team of archaeologists will be giving a briefing sessions at the Hall at 10am on Thursday 28th August for all volunteers digging on Thursday and Friday. The session will be repeated at 10am on Saturday 30th August for those digging over the weekend. There will be a further meeting at the Hall on Sunday 31st August at 2.30pm where all the finds will be displayed and Carenza will explain their significance and context. All those interested are invited to come along - there will be refreshments available and everyone is encouraged to bring cakes and biscuits to share. The results of the community dig will be available later in the year from the Southwold Museum & Historical Society, the Access Community Archaeology website and a follow-up talk.      


Sarah Groves