Pupils dig deep for Anglo Saxon artefacts

LONG MELFORD Archaeoligical dig,
Students and volunteers taking part in an archaeological dig by the old school in Long Melford researching more into the village's Roman heritage.
Carrie Kelly head of archaeology at TGS, Peter Hart Stour Valley Community archaeologyand students Isabel Vadilonga OSA, Joshua Thomas TGS, Amy Hart and Charlotte Graham TGS
Picture Mark Westley ANL-160719-232810009

LONG MELFORD Archaeoligical dig, Students and volunteers taking part in an archaeological dig by the old school in Long Melford researching more into the village's Roman heritage. Carrie Kelly head of archaeology at TGS, Peter Hart Stour Valley Community archaeologyand students Isabel Vadilonga OSA, Joshua Thomas TGS, Amy Hart and Charlotte Graham TGS Picture Mark Westley ANL-160719-232810009

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A group of pupils from Ormiston Sudbury Academy at Thomas Gainsborough School in Great Cornard were digging deep for clues into Long Melford’s past this week.

The 30 pupils joined volunteers from Long Melford Heritage Centre and Stour Valley Community Archaeology for the dig at The Old School which was led by Access Cambridge Archaeology.

LONG MELFORD Archaeoligical dig,
Students and volunteers taking part in an archaeological dig by the old school in Long Melford researching more into the village's Roman heritage.
Test Pit 2 Evie Byott TGS, Oscar Edwards TGS, Sam Austin OSA, Tonia Lawes OSA 6th form and Ismay Hathaway TGS
Picture Mark Westley ANL-160719-232626009

LONG MELFORD Archaeoligical dig, Students and volunteers taking part in an archaeological dig by the old school in Long Melford researching more into the village's Roman heritage. Test Pit 2 Evie Byott TGS, Oscar Edwards TGS, Sam Austin OSA, Tonia Lawes OSA 6th form and Ismay Hathaway TGS Picture Mark Westley ANL-160719-232626009

Despite sweltering temperatures on Tuesday, the group were able to discover some pieces of Anglo Saxon pottery, again found under the village green.

Rob Simpson, founder of the heritage centre and amateur local historian, said: “The mounting evidence suggests is that the lost Long Melford Anglo Saxon settlement is almost certainly under the village green, and this is good news for the villages history records.

“It was a really good day, extremely hot so it was quite challenging but everybody worked really hard and we got much further than usual.

“It’s a great way of encouraging people to find out more about archaeology and history.”

LONG MELFORD Archaeoligical dig,
Students and volunteers taking part in an archaeological dig by the old school in Long Melford researching more into the village's Roman heritage.
Westgate street Emma Couldridge  and Megan Gauci OSA and Isabel Hall and Rebecca Hall TGS
Picture Mark Westley ANL-160719-232504009

LONG MELFORD Archaeoligical dig, Students and volunteers taking part in an archaeological dig by the old school in Long Melford researching more into the village's Roman heritage. Westgate street Emma Couldridge and Megan Gauci OSA and Isabel Hall and Rebecca Hall TGS Picture Mark Westley ANL-160719-232504009

With the sun bating down everybody was very grateful for refreshments provided by the village East of England Co-op.

LONG MELFORD Archaeoligical dig,
Students and volunteers taking part in an archaeological dig by the old school in Long Melford researching more into the village's Roman heritage.
Ismay Hathaway TGS with some pre war denchers
Picture Mark Westley ANL-160719-232451009

LONG MELFORD Archaeoligical dig, Students and volunteers taking part in an archaeological dig by the old school in Long Melford researching more into the village's Roman heritage. Ismay Hathaway TGS with some pre war denchers Picture Mark Westley ANL-160719-232451009