Former TV archaeologist details Nayland dig results

First published in News

TWO Elizabethan coins, thought to be possible fakes, were among hundreds of objects found during a three-day dig in Nayland’s gardens.

The excavation, headed up Dr Carenza Lewis, a former member of Channel 4’s Time Team programme, was held in October as part of the lottery-funded Managing a Masterpiece programme.

Details of the finds, including hundreds of pottery items from Roman, Anglo-Saxon and early medieval times, were revealed at a village hall meeting.

Nayland was one of six locations chosen for the community archaeological project, with metre-square pits dug in 33 gardens and open spaces from Bear Street to the Anchor Bridge.

All the items unearthed, including bottles and medication, were taken to Cambridge University to be assessed.

Dr Lewis, of Access Cambridge Archaeology, said it was possible to see where the core of the village was founded.

The dig was organised by Nayland with Wissington Conservation Society.

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