Sudbury ready for big dig

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Sudbury is preparing itself for its archeological dig, where nearly 30 gardens will be dug up as more than 80 volunteers search for hidden treasures and clues to the town’s past.

The community event will take place on October 4 and 5, with local schools kicking things off on The Croft on Friday, October 3.

It is hoped that students from Thomas Gainsborough School will film the event.

The dig will take place under the expert supervision of Dr Carenza Lewis, of Cambridge University’s Access to Archaeology, and best known from her time on Channel 4’s Time Team.

The archaeologists’ headquarters will be at Friars Hall in School Street, where finds will be brought and the general administration will take place.

Most of the test pits will be in an area extending from North Street across to The Croft and then down to Gainsborough Street, Friars Street and into Ballingdon.

Anne Grimshaw, from the Sudbury Society, said: “A question that is often asked is, ‘What do you hope to find?’

“Another Staffordshire hoard of gold and jewels would be quite acceptable, or the burial of an East Anglian king. The answer is we just don’t know until we start.”