Digging up the past to find out how we lived

Archaeological dig in Goldingham Hall continuing on previous digs which had medieval finds and possible Roman foundations. Led by Access Cambridge Archaeology. Bertie 9 and Nuria 11 Everett with some finds from the dig ANL-150106-003454009

Archaeological dig in Goldingham Hall continuing on previous digs which had medieval finds and possible Roman foundations. Led by Access Cambridge Archaeology. Bertie 9 and Nuria 11 Everett with some finds from the dig ANL-150106-003454009

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Pieces of pottery and post holes - and a Saxon brick - were uncovered on an archaeological dig at Goldingham Hall in Bulmer at the weekend.

Members of the 100-strong Stour Valley Community Archaeology Group were back at the historic site for the third time – led by experts from Access Cambridge Archaeology, headed by well-known archaeologist Carenza Lewis.

With funding from Braintree District Council, the group have been continuing their recent dig at Goldingham Hall on the site of a large residence, revealed to be late Anglo-Saxon or early medieval based on the pottery and post holes.

Cambridge archaeological team member Laure Bonner said: “Of particular interest was a Saxon brick. Bricks used during Anglo-Saxon time are quite rare and are a very different shape to Roman bricks. Peter Minter from Bulmer Brick & Tile Company came down and showed us some comparative bricks.

“It just shows us how important this site is.”

She said she hoped Heritage Lottery funding could be found for a long-term dig.