Wendens Ambo residents meet professional archaeologists for village dig

PUBLISHED: 09:12 12 September 2018 | UPDATED: 09:12 12 September 2018

Wendens Ambo village dig. Picture: GORDON RIDGEWELL

Wendens Ambo village dig. Picture: GORDON RIDGEWELL

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Residents turned out in force to take part in the Wendens Ambo Society Community Dig thanks to grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Wendens Ambo Parish Council and Uttlesford District Council.

At least 70 people gathered at the village hall to meet professional archaeologists from Access Cambridge Archaeology (ACA), who explained why Wenden is an excellent place to dig, with its Roman villa site and other landscape features.

The archaeologists spent the day visiting every pit and encouraging diggers, sievers and recorders by telling them about the items they had picked out from the sieved earth. After another day of digging on Sunday, the findings from all the pits were put out on display, and the ACA team highlighted the most interesting finds unearthed at the various locations.

The Wendens Ambo Society offered a prize for the oldest artefact dug up and a fragment of Bronze Age pottery brought in from the pit in Jubilee Wood, the site of the Roman villa, was judged the winner.

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