Dig turns up some interesting finds

Past comes to the present ... Carenza Lewis, of Time Team fame, shows off a find from the archaeological dig at Mount Bures motte.
Past comes to the present ... Carenza Lewis, of Time Team fame, shows off a find from the archaeological dig at Mount Bures motte.
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BURES residents have been joining in an archaeological dig directed by Carenza Lewis, well known from Channel 4’s Time Team programme.

Carenza, who runs Cambridge University’s Access Archaeology team, is in the village taking part in a project to excavate the historic Mount Bures motte next to St John’s Church, in Hall Lane.

She has also been identifying “finds” made by residents from metre-square pits dug in their gardens.

After two-and-a-half days, Bronze Age discoveries as well as neolithic flints were uncovered. A Victorian rubbish pit, including glass jars and some face cream jar lids, were dug up in a householder’s garden.

“Residents, and anyone else who is interested, are most welcome to come on site to see what we are doing,” said Carenza.

“So far, we have had a number of interesting finds from the period 1100 to the 1400s, which leads us to believe the motte is dated from the Stephen and Matilda period.

“There is also evidence to suggest it may be situated on a Bronze Age burial ground.”

Mount Bures castle is a “scheduled monument” of national importance and this is the first time it has been officially excavated.

The dig aims to explore the history of the area and is part of a Lottery-funded project to understand and conserve the landscape of the Stour Valley.

It runs until August 19, excluding weekends, from 9am to 4pm.