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Peakirk, Cambridgeshire

Residents of Peakirk faced a test of endurance worthy of any Olympic athlete, when they excavated test-pits in wet and chilly conditions in April 2012. Spirits were kept high with a steady stream of bacon butties, delicious home-made cakes and hot drinks served in the village hall.

Over seventy-five people dug twenty-two test-pit sites in Peakirk, including the village green, which were recruited by Avril Morris, David Hankins and other volunteers. They also hosted schools from south Lincolnshire for a Higher Education Field Academy (HEFA) in July 2012. We also owe many thanks to experienced volunteers Matt Williams and Georgina Brackenbury, for stepping into supervise test-pits at short notice.

Carole Fletcher, a finds specialist from Oxford Archaeology East, was on hand to identify artefacts brought to the hall to dry. Among the finds laid out by the end of the day were a potential Roman/Medieval solid lead plumb weight, sherds of late Anglo-Saxon Stamford ware and lots of late medieval pottery. One test-pit also threw up some boar bones!

Click here to view the project report.

Click here to view a press report.

Feedback

88% of respondents rated their experience of the excavations as ‘excellent’ or ‘good’, while 93% would recommend the activity to others.

"It is a great way to bring together a community in understanding our shared heritage." (AL, Peakirk resident)

"Good for community spirit and children's involvement in the community. Plus educational for all." (GS, Peakirk resident)

"(What I enjoyed was) the sense of community and the enjoymnet the children got from the dig. The feedback at the end of the day was great - thanks!" (DD, Peakirk resident)

"Excellent day. Well ran. Very interesting. Excellent staff." (MP, Peakirk resident)