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Potton, Bedfordshire

Umbrellas were out again for the final Dig & Sow event celebrating the Cultural Olympiad in the East of England. Only this time they were used for shade from the hot summer sunshine in the Bedfordshire village of Potton rather than the wet drizzle encountered at Peakirk the previous month.

Twenty-seven test-pits were dug by volunteers and residents across the village. Many thanks to Mike Horgan on behalf of Potton History Society for promoting the event. Having marked out their test-pits and de-turfed before the morning’s briefing, diggers had six hours on Saturday to excavate before returning finds to base for a summary with Dr Carenza Lewis from Access Cambridge Archaeology (ACA) at the end of the day.

Several sherds of medieval pottery were found on the village green, next to Potton Brook. Our second ever apostle spoon was found in a residential back garden, two months after our first was found in Writtle on a Higher Education Field Academy (HEFA).

Click here to view the project report.


97% of respondents rated their experience of the excavations as ‘excellent’ or ‘good’, while 97% would recommend the activity to others.

"I enjoyed seeing the enthusiasm from the people of Potton and being part of it. Simply, I loved it." (CM, Potton resident)

"Good outdoor activity with a chance to learn something about the past." (DT, Potton resident)

"Fun, very informative, interesting. Really enjoyed the dig and my children loved it too." (LL, Cambridgeshire resident)

"It's a good way to gain archaeological experience whilst learning about a community." (SB, Bedfordshire resident)