Finds from local dig go on display

Millie Dye, of Downs Crescent, Haverhill, will be two on September 2 ANL-140818-114304005

Millie Dye, of Downs Crescent, Haverhill, will be two on September 2 ANL-140818-114304005

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The findings from an archaeological dig in West Wickham are to be showcased at a public meeting.

Finds from the Big Village Dig that took place in West Wickham in July 2013, will be presented at a public meeting in West Wickham Village Hall at 3.15pm on Sunday, August 31.

Dr Carenza Lewis of Cambridge University's Access to Archaeology team with the Cameron family from Streetly End. ANL-140826-140731001
Dr Carenza Lewis of Cambridge University's Access to Archaeology team with the Cameron family from Streetly End. ANL-140826-140731001

The dig turned up a wide range of flora, fauna, pottery and flint from 18 test pits in West Wickham, Burton End and Streetly End,

The meeting on Sunday will have experts on hand to explain the findings of the archaeological report. Some of the items that were unearthed will also be on display.

“It was a very successful project,” said Janet Morris of West Wickham Local History Club. “It threw up more questions than answers, though. Which is often the way.

“It’s brought people together and has made them more aware of what’s going on under their feet.”

The project was organised by West Wickham & District Local History Club and funded by a Heritage Lottery All Our Stories grant.

Participants were guided and supported throughout the Big Dig weekend by Cambridge University archaeologists, Britt Baillie and Alex Pryor, as well as Carenza Lewis, who has also starred on Time Team.

During the project, local residents were helped to gain new archaeological skills and were given insights into the development of settlements in the area.

“The trouble is funding,” added Mrs Morris. “We’d like to do more, but it’s expensive.”

 

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