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Following the success of a community project in 2012, residents of Nayland had another chance to carry out archaeological test pit excavations in the Suffolk village over the weekend of 20th-21st September 2014. The excavations were carried out by over 100 Nayland residents, members of Stour Valley Community Archaeology and the Nayland with Wissington Conservation Society and numerous other volunteers with connections to the Nayland community.

Click here to read a news article about the event.

Click here to view the project report.


100% of respondents rated their experience of the excavations as ‘excellent’ or ‘good’, while 100% would recommend the activity to others.

"Good fun, educational, community activity." (CW)

“(I enjoyed) learning more about objects and techniques, and especially hearing the presentation by Carenza. The tea and cakes was excellent both as food and as a social event.” (PR)

"The more experienced diggers were so generous with their knowledge and so enthusiastic that I felt immediately welcome and useful. My daughter (14) was able to see how important it is to record and document and to develop valuable other skills. We are joining the Stour Valley group as a result." (SD)

"You learn so much from a small area in a concentrated time. It brings a whole village together... It was totally great and I was glad to be part of it." (JL)