We are delighted to announce the dates of a community excavation in Bures St Mary, running in collaboration with the HLF-funded Managing a Masterpiece project understanding, conserving and celebrating the Stour Valley. From Monday 25th June to Friday 29th June 2012, we will be digging trenches by the riverside on the village green and test-pit digging in neighbouring residents’ gardens. We will begin at midday on Monday 25th and otherwise run from 9.30am – 4.30pm each day.
Last August, we enjoyed the hospitality of this community on the Suffolk-Essex border when excavating the medieval motte at Mount Bures, another Managing a Masterpiece event. Over the course of two weeks we had more than 70 members of the public from the local area excavated 40 square metres on the summit of the motte and nine smaller trenches in fields and properties nearby, under the direction of Access Cambridge Archaeology. You can read about our discoveries on the ACA website and the Managing a Masterpiece website.
Further details about the Bures St Mary excavation, including how to apply to volunteer, will follow on this blog and on our main website in the next couple of weeks. In the meantime, clear your diaries for what promises to be a fantastic opportunity to learn more about the archaeology of the Stour Valley and work on a friendly and fun community project this summer.