Two day test pit excavations were undertaken in Brundall in May 2016 where 11 1m2 test pits were excavated by 39 Year 9 and Year 12 students from Broadland High School, Framingham Earl High School, Notre Dame High School and Sheringham Woodfields School. The primary school pupils from Brundall also excavated a test pit within their school grounds. The test pitting was part of the Higher Education Field Academy (HEFA) programme undertaken by Access Cambridge Archaeology (ACA) in East Anglia, which aims to raise the aspirations, enthusiasm and attainment of 14-17 year-olds with regard to higher education by making a valuable contribution to current academic research at the University of Cambridge, into the development of rural communities and settlements in the past.
The 11 test pits excavated in 2016 add to the 20 test pits that were excavated in 2015 to bring the total so far dug in Brundall to 31. In 2016 the test pits were mainly focused in the east of the village, although some were sited along its length further west. No Late Bronze Age activity was identified in 2016 but a single test pit yielded evidence for Iron Age activity along Blofield Road and a single test pit also contained Roman pottery in the far east of the village. The test pitting has yet to define areas of Roman activity; the pottery has so far been spread through the village along the northern banks of the River Yare. No Late Anglo Saxon occupation was recorded from the 2016 excavations but an additional three sites revealed high medieval pottery but again in a dispersed nature through the current village, the test pitting is yet to identify any core of medieval activity. Only a single test pit contained late medieval pottery that again supports the notion that the village contracted greatly during the 14th century, but the settlement recovered and began to grow through the post medieval, but it is likely only from the 19th century and later that the village developed into what can be seen today.