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Snape Test Pitting

Access Cambridge Archaeology will be delivering a two-day archaeological test pitting event in Snape over the weekend of the 7th and 8th of May 2016. The event will be run in conjunction with Touching the Tide, a three-year Heritage Lottery Funded project due to end in July 2016.


We want to hear from you if you can either host a test pit in your garden/land or would like to take part in the test pit digging as a volunteer and dig in someone's garden. 


What will happen over the two days:

  • Test pits are just 1m² and create a minimum of disturbance.
  • They can be sited anywhere you wish (on unscheduled land).
  • The digging can be done by your, your family and friends, or by local school pupils or by interested members of the public from elsewhere.
  • Property owners who aren’t digging their own pit don’t have to be present during the excavation, although you’re welcome to get involved with the excavations and ‘your’ digging team if you want to.
  • Finds are washed and recorded and retained for analysis, after which they will be returned to property owners, if requested.
  • The small amount of spoil created is sieved onto tarpaulins, preventing damage to lawns.
  • Test pits are completed in two days and back-filled, with any turf replaced neatly. The site should be invisible within a few weeks.
  • Results will be communicated to everyone who’s interested via the Snape Village Website, the ACA project website, written reports and a follow-up talk.



How can I get involved?

  • You can dig your own test pit in your own garden/property in Snape
  • You can offer your garden/property in Snape for someone else to dig
  • You can offer to dig someone else’s garden/property in Snape
  • You can offer digging equipment for someone else to borrow
  • You can help manning the town hall and preparing refreshments for diggers over the weekend


Please click here for a poster for the test pit dig


What do I do next?

  • To register to take part contact ACA or call 01223 761519. 
  • Talk to friends, family etc. to see who else would like to join in, either with you or on their own pit.
  • Keep in touch with the organisers so they know that you know what’s going on, and who has confirmed they’re going to take part
  • Think about where you might want to dig, what equipment you have and what you’ll want to borrow or lend.
  • Spread the word and encourage others to get involved!
  • For further information keep an eye on the Touching the Tide website and the ACA website