Fifty people have offered their gardens to be dug up in a bid to uncover Sudbury’s historical past.
The Big Dig is taking place later this year, and organisers say they are hopeful of securing a heritage Lottery grant to cover most of the cost of the archaeological excavations.
The initiative was mooted in October when 200 people attended a meeting in St Peter’s in response to the proposal to stage an event by the Sudbury Society, Sudbury History Society and Sudbury Museum Trust.
David Burnett, secretary of the museum trust, said: “Well over half of those people attending the meeting offered their services as diggers and helpers, and 50 have offered their gardens for test pit sites.
“Those nearest the town centre will be the most practical and easiest for the archaeologists to co-ordinate and supervise.”
He said pits in the outlying parts of Sudbury which are not used for this dig could be used in the future if the event proved successful.
“Since the meeting, the work of securing funding has been going on,” said Mr Burnett.
“Our hope is to obtain a heritage Lottery grant to cover most of the cost but, if that is not successful, local donations will provide the finance.
“Some very generous pledges of financial support have already been made, although a few more would help.”
The dig will be done under the direction of Dr Carenza Lewis, who is best known from Channel 4’s Time Team and is a director of the archaeology department at Cambridge University.
Mr Burnett added: “Digs held recently in Long Melford and Clare proved hugely successful and, given Sudbury’s history, there is no reason why a similar dig in Sudbury should not prove equally exciting.”