Carenza gives test pit verdict to villagers

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Sixteen archaeological pits dug around Nayland last year - to discover more of the village’s history - have been analysed.

More than 100 volunteers took part in the two-day archaeological dig in September, lead by Dr Carenza Lewis of Cambridge University and co-ordinated by the Nayland with Wissington Conservation Society.

Villagers attended Dr Lewis’s talk held in the village hall recently and she told them that 90 per cent of the pottery sherds found could be dated, the earliest found dating back to the Iron Age, with several sites containing Roman pottery.

Seventy-four per cent of the pits revealed material from the Black Death period, around 1330.

Dr Lewis said the area near Newlands Lane had produced significant evidence of a late Anglo Saxon settlement, which could be explored in future.

Detailed results will be available on www.access.arch.cam.ac.uk.