Tools are just the job for dig group

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A newly-formed archaeology group has welcomed the donation of tools, which will help it unearth the past.

Travis Perkins, a builders merchants in Sudbury, has handed over wheelbarrows, shovels, buckets and mattocks to the Stour Valley Community Archaeology group.

The equipment will allow members to delve into the history of the Stour Valley with a series of digs.

“They had all the goodies we need and were keen to get involved because this is something which is quite unique,” said committee member Nick Moore.

The group was set up following the success of last year’s Managing a Masterpiece project.

This saw a number of schemes take place to champion the Stour Valley, and included excavations in Clare, Bulmer and Nayland.

“People are really interested to find out more about the past and this is a great way to do it,” said Mr Moore.

“We would not be able to do this without the help of Travis Perkins.”

In the coming weeks, the group will revisit the remains of an Anglo-Saxon settlement at Goldringham Hall in Gestingthorpe.

A dig was carried out on the site, owned by farmer and historian Ashley Cooper last year, and it is hoped more exciting discoveries can be made.

“This is something for everyone, it doesn’t matter if you are too old to dig, you can wash finds and schoolchildren love taking part,” said Mr Moore.

To get involved, email stourvalleyarchaeology@gmail.com.