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On Landguard Point - Dig & Sow


On Landguard Point was the East of England’s celebration of the arts and cultural activities of the region in the lead up to the 2012 Olympics, and as part of this, were the Dig & Sow one day community test-pit excavation events. The aim was to dig 205 test-pits in total, one for each of the Olympic countries, across the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Essex.

Before the test-pit holes were back-filled, bespoke charms made of silver clay were ‘sown’ into the bottom of the pits. Each charm is dated and will leave a contribution to the archaeological record of the future. The charm designs relate to stories and local knowledge about the East of England written by members of the public for the People’s Encyclopedia and all 205 submissions can be read about here. Another set of the charms will go on display at the Museum of East Anglian Life. To complete the sowing, owners were also given a packet of seeds to grow.

On Landguard Point was conceived by Pacitti Company – specialist makers of live performance. Through a series of large-scale public events commissioned by the Cultural Olympiad and funded by Arts Council England, On Landguard Point engaged thousands of people as participants and audience and collectively form the content of a feature film. One strand of this was the series of mass-participation archaeological excavation events, organised by Access Cambridge Archaeology and Pacitti Company. 'On Landguard Point' was a project about home: what 'home' means, what makes a home, how we forge our ideas of home, what shifts when we view home from afar, or host others in our own home.

Medieval Settlement Research Group article about On Landguard Point

Ashwell, Hertfordshire. 

September 2011

Ipswich, Suffolk.

September 2011


Peakirk, Cambridgeshire.

April 2012

Clavering, Essex.

May 2012

Paston, Norfolk.

May 2012

Potton, Bedfordshire.

May 2012