Digging deep for history

PUBLISHED: 13:54 12 July 2007 | UPDATED: 15:10 12 May 2010

Valory Hurst, Sue Chandler, dig site director Tom Phillips, and Sue Oosthuizen, with some of the items discovered - Pic: Daniel Wilson 2457DW11

Valory Hurst, Sue Chandler, dig site director Tom Phillips, and Sue Oosthuizen, with some of the items discovered - Pic: Daniel Wilson 2457DW11

THE FINDINGS of an archaeological dig at Bassingbourn Village College were on display at the colleges Archaeology in your Back Yard day. The artefacts were all discovered at a dig which was carried out before the building of the college s new sports hall

THE FINDINGS of an archaeological dig at Bassingbourn Village College were on display at the colleges Archaeology in your Back Yard day.

The artefacts were all discovered at a dig which was carried out before the building of the college's new sports hall.

Some of the discoveries date back to Iron Age and Saxon times, while a small amount of Roman pottery and some medieval field boundaries were also discovered.

Visitors on Saturday heard talks by Carenza Lewis from Channel Four series Time Team, and Sue Oosthuizen from Cambridge University.

College governor Valory Hurst said: "It was absolutely brilliant. More than 100 people attended each talk, while we had around 140 visitors browsing the various displays.

"I found the lecture by Tom Phillips from Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology particularly interesting.

"It was also good to hear Carenza Lewis speak about some exciting new artefacts which were unearthed only last week."

Also present were representatives from local history groups, North Herts Archaeological Society, and Royston and District Museum.

All money raised on the day will be put towards an interpretative board in the new sports hall featuring details of the dig.

Mrs Hurst said: "We hope this event gave visitors a really good idea of what our village looked like from the Iron Age onwards, and that those who are interested in archaeology now know how to take their interest further."

Museum to hold archaeology day

THE Royton and District Museum will be running an Archaeology Family Fun Day on Saturday.

Visitors will be given the opportunity to be involved in historic activities, and try different archaeological techniques.

There will also be a displays of arts and crafts through the ages, and archaeological displays.

"The event was a success last year and we are hoping to attract more visitors on Saturday," said museum curator Carole Kaszak.

The event will be taking place at the museum in Kneesworth Street from 10am-4pm.

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