Sowing after Digging

Sept 2011 116The On Landguard Point Cultural Olympiad project explores how we construct our diverse notions of home, what home means to each of us, and what it means to host others in our home. As part of a series of events taking place to celebrate community involvement in the arts in the lead up to the London 2012 Olympics, Access Cambridge Archaeology are running test-pit excavations in each of the six Eastern counties. In total, we are aiming to excavate 205 test-pits across the region, one for each country taking part in the Olympic sporting events.

Sept 2011 061Before the holes are back-filled, bespoke charms made of silver clay will be ‘sown’ into the bottom of each point. Each charm is dated and will leave a contribution to the archaeological record of the future. The charm designs relate to stories and local knowledge about the East of England submissions written by members of the public for the People’s Encyclopedia and all 205 can be seen here. Another set of the charms will go on display at the Museum of East Anglian Life.

To complete the test-pit legacy, owners are also given a packet of seeds to grow plants for enjoyment by residents of the homes of today.

For more information about how to get involved in Dig & Sow, please see the website here.

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