Looking into the muddy past, I was one of the huge audience that turned up for the proposed history project whereby Sudbury inhabitants can dig in their own gardens.
It was a very good presentation by the archaeology group, backed by Sudbury’s three historical organisations, and it certainly generated a lot of interest.
The only disappointment was the fact that it is planned for a whole year away, and there seemed to be the question of costs involved. In my view, there does not have to be.
The Bury St Edmunds Archaeological Unit will be happy to see and record any finds you might make if you cannot wait until next October.
I myself have been fortunate enough to help in digs in the area, and have carried out investigations of my own both in Sudbury and the surrounding farmland over the last 25 years.
I can instantly identify any find, even if broken, and give advice on the next course of action to take, be your recovery part of a Victorian chamber pot or half of a Tudor buckle. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One thing that was not really mentioned at the meeting was the depths that important archaeology in town can go to.
A metre-squared pit can be dug safely to about three foot and, in my experience, in some parts of town you would still only be in the 17th century layers. However, the results of this initiative will be keenly awaited and perhaps give impetus to Sudbury getting a true museum building to illustrate its two millennia of amazing history.