NORFOLK Museums Service
The community dig team

Ancient House Community Dig

People at the digThis exciting project took place in August 2005 and saw children and adults help excavate part of the town's Saxon defences, thought to be under Redcastle Furze school playground.

Each day both adults and young people worked alongside trained archaeologists from the Norfolk Archaeological Unit and took part in linked activities such as object handling, coin striking and pot making.

The event was a joint project with the Thetford Society. It has been made possible by the Local Heritage Initiative, which is a partnership between the Heritage Lottery Fund, Nationwide Building Society and the Countryside Agency. The LHI awarded the Thetford Society a grant of £17,820 to run the event.

Ancient House Community Dig

Person excavating a trenchThe sun came out for the last day of community archaeology week. Over forty people turned out to take part in excavating, pot making, coin striking and handling finds. Volunteers filled in evaluation forms with some of the participants, to find out what they thought about the event. Everyone said they had enjoyed the chance to get their hands dirty in the excavation and handle real artefacts. All thought they had learned more about Thetford’s history from the event.

In all, over 160 people came during the week. Most came from the local area. However, news of the event on radio and in the press prompted several people to travel in from Cromer, Wymondham and Diss.

The next stage of the project involved sending the finds to be processed by the Norfolk Archaeological Unit at Gressenhall.

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