Archeological expert gives report on town’s big dig

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Despite heavy rain causing less than desirable conditions, Sudbury’s big dig in October heralded some success in shining a light on the town’s history.

More than 100 people gathered in St Peter’s, Sudbury, earlier this month to hear Carenza Lewis from Cambridge University give her report on last year’s town-wide dig.

The presentation gave the volunteers, many of whom offered their gardens for excavation, a chance to hear what was found.

Although a few worked flints were discovered, there was no evidence of prehistoric or Roman period settlements.

The excavations did show how and where the town expanded in the high medieval period, from St Gregory’s Church up to what is now Market Hill.

Test pits also uncovered ceramics from the post-medieval period, indicating the wealthier areas, as well as many animal bones.

The full report can be viewed at www.access.arch.cam.ac.uk/communities/past/2014/sudbury.