Umbrellas were out again last Saturday for the final Dig & Sow event celebrating the Cultural Olympiad in the East of England. Only this time they were used for shade from the hot summer sunshine in the Bedfordshire village of Potton rather than the wet drizzle encountered at Peakirk last month.
Twenty-seven test-pits were dug by volunteers and residents across the village. Many thanks to Mike Horgan on behalf of Potton History Society for promoting the event. Having marked out their test-pits and de-turfed before the morning’s briefing, diggers had six hours on Saturday to excavate before returning finds to base for a summary with Dr Carenza Lewis from Access Cambridge Archaeology at the end of the day.
Several sherds of possible medieval pottery were found on the village green, next to Potton Brook. Our second ever apostle spoon was found in a residential back garden, two months after our first was found in Writtle on a Higher Education Field Academy. Another garden found a coin with Arabic writing, pictured below, please let us know if you can identify where and when this comes from.
Following the test-pit excavation, participants were asked to ‘sow’ a silver charm into the ground recording the event in the archaeological record of the future. The charms have been designed by the Pacitti Company, the arts group behind the East of England’s Cultural Olympiad, called ‘On Landguard Point’, and you can read more about their significance on their website here.
A community test-pit digging event has now been held in each of the six eastern counties, and film footage of the Suffolk event which took place in Ipswich last autumn will feature in a film of the Cultural Olympiad, ‘On Landguard Point’ premiering at Ipswich Film Theatre on 21st June at 7:30pm.