Twelve test pits were excavated in Walberswick in April 2016 by 44 Year 9 students from Sir John Lemen High School, Ormiston Denes Academy and Bungay High School. 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.
Half of the 2016 excavation sites were centred in the village, where previously no test pitting had been undertaken before as well as a cluster in the east and one site in the far west. The 12 test pits excavated in 2016 com complemented the nine test pits that were excavated in 2013, the nine from 2014 and the 12 from 2015, bringing the total now excavated in the village to 42. Additional evidence for Romano-British activity was recorded from opposite the church and another two test pit sites yielded Late Anglo-Saxon pottery, in the east and centrally in the village, and supports the notion of perhaps a cluster of activity around the green and extending southwest along The Street. Additional high medieval pottery was recorded from the 2016 test pits to show that the village continued as one linear settlement that also continued to grow and prosper into the late medieval with a lot more test pits yielding pottery of 14th-15th century date, potentially due to its status as a coastal trading settlement. In the post medieval period the village may have developed into the small fishing village that is still seen today.