TV archaeologist in Long Melford and Bures

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TELEVISION archeologist Carenza Lewis, of Time Team fame, will be visiting Bures and Long Melford in the coming week.

On Sunday, she will officially open the Long Melford Heritage Centre, located at the rear of the village’s community centre, in Chemists Lane, between midday and 2pm.

The heritage centre contains artefacts from the village, some of which have recently been featured on the BBC programme The Great British Story. There will be free drinks and a buffet.

Next week, between June 25 and 29, she will be running a one-week community archaeological dig, along with her team of archeologists from Cambridge University, in Bures.

The excavations are taking place on the common, which was bought by village well-wishers last year and will focus on finding and excavating the site of the medieval, and later town, tip.

It is part of the Managing a Masterpiece project by the National Heritage Memorial Fund. Organisers say it could unearth “a rich source of finds” from the town’s past, revealing much about life, likes, trade and standards of living in Bures hundreds of years ago.

Residents of Bures will also have the chance to uncover the history in their own gardens by digging test pits, supervised by Carenza’s team.

Although all places on the excavation are taken, members of the public are welcome to visit the site and watch the work between 9.30am to 4pm with a late night on Wednesday.