Exhibition to show off Meldreth dig artefacts

PUBLISHED: 14:37 22 November 2013

An exhibition of artefacts discovered at a village archaeological dig will be held on Sunday.

Meldreth Local History Group is staging the exhibition at Meldreth village hall to show the discoveries unearthed at test pits dug in the village earlier this year.

Kathryn Betts, secretary of Meldreth Local History Group and one of the organisers of the exhibition said: “The 32 test pits, which were dug in the village in June, July and August, revealed an amazing glimpse of the history beneath our feet, including pottery dating back to 1200BC, a medieval pilgrim’s badge and arrowhead, coins and Victoriana, not to mention over 800 bones.”

Analysis and dating of the finds has enabled the group to understand more about the early history of the village.

The project was funded by an Heritage Lottery Fund All Our Stories grant of £7,100 and involved hundreds of volunteers.

Group chairman Joan Gane said, “We have been overwhelmed by the support we have received as a result of this project. We were delighted to be able to involve volunteers of all ages and it was wonderful to see so much community spirit in the village.”

The exhibition will run from 11am-5pm, with a talk from archaeologist Dr Carenza Lewis, the former presenter of Channel Four’s Time Team, at 3pm.

For more information on the project, visit www.meldrethhistory.org.uk

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