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Thirty-four archaeological test pits were dug over the long weekend of 5th-7th October 2012 in private gardens and fields within the village of Nayland in Suffolk. Excavations were carried out by over 80 Nayland residents, members of the Nayland with Wissington Conservation Society and numerous other volunteers with connections to the Nayland community.

Click here to view the project report.

Click here to view a press report.


96% of respondents rated their experience of the excavations as ‘excellent’ or ‘good’, while 97% would recommend the activity to others.

“I loved working with different people and helping to contribute to adding to the knowledge of this region. Above all the whole experience is hugely enjoyable!” (PR)

“I'd like to say how well the Cambridge team support us diggers. We are never made to feel ignorant (even if we are!) or foolish. We are always treated with friendliness and respect - you really are a great team! Thank you.” (JR)

“It was a great educational experience, and enlightening to find out the history of Nayland. I developed good practical skills and it was a great way to spend the weekend outdoors, learning about history in a hands-on and up close and personal manner.” (KP)

“Very well organised - good paperwork and leadership from Carenza and the team.” (JB)

Once again we all thank you so very much for such a special 3 day project. The village is still buzzing and I think the community has come together even more and greatly benefited from a shared experience.” (AC)