Villagers get their hands dirty

Starting young ... Alice West, 14 months, joins in the Great Dig in Long Melford.

Starting young ... Alice West, 14 months, joins in the Great Dig in Long Melford.

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AN archaeological dig turned up more than worms and plant roots in Long Melford.

Among the many finds made by residents taking part in the village’s Great Dig where an early 15th century tile, sheep bones and shards of pottery, including the edge of a Roman jar.

The dig took place on July 9 and 10, as part of filming for the new series of historian Michael Wood’s documentary “Story of the Nation”.

In total villagers dug at 38 different sites, including land to the rear of the Gatehouse, where foundations of a building which may predate the house - built in 1510 - were discovered.

Series producer Sally Thomas said: “It was fantastic fun and we turned up lots of Roman and Medieval artefacts.

“Everybody really enjoyed the weekend, even my crew said it was like one long street party.”

Tim West, who took part in the dig along with his 14-month-old daughter Alice, said the weekend would live long in the memory.

The eight part series “Story of the Nation” is due to be screened on the BBC next Spring.