During the latest Dig & Sow event, residents of Peakirk faced a test of endurance worthy of any Olympic athlete, as they persevered to excavate test-pits in last Saturday’s wet and chilly conditions. Spirits were kept high with a steady stream of bacon butties, delicious home-made cakes and hot drinks served in the village hall. The community excavations took place as part of the East of England Cultural Olympiad, called On Landguard Point and run by the Pacitti Company arts group.
Over seventy-five people dug twenty-two test-pit sites in Peakirk, including the village green, which were recruited by Avril Morris, David Hankins and other volunteers. They have since offered to host schools from south Lincolnshire for a Higher Education Field Academy in mid-July. We also owe many thanks to experienced volunteers Matt Williams and Georgina Brackenbury, for stepping into supervise test-pits at short notice.
Carole Fletcher, a finds specialist from Oxford Archaeology East, was on hand to identify artefacts brought to the hall to dry. Among the finds laid out by the end of the day were a potential Roman/Medieval solid lead plumb weight, sherds of late Anglo-Saxon Stamford ware and lots of late medieval pottery. One test-pit also threw up some boar bones!
An article about the excavations appears in the Peterborough Evening Telegraph today, which you can read here. You can also read the live tweets from the day on the On Landguard Point Twitter account here.
There are another three Dig & Sow events taking place in Essex, Norfolk and Bedfordshire over the coming month and registration for them is essential, for more details please see the On Landguard Point website here.