As recently featured on Michael Wood’s BBC series ‘Great British Story’, archaeological test pits are just 1m² and so can be fitted in pretty much anywhere – such as gardens (however tiny!), drives, yards, playgrounds etc. And that’s a huge advantage, because mini digs in as many places as possible provides the most accurate picture of what went on when. It’s a bit like a jigsaw puzzle – the more pieces you have, the better you can see the picture. To read about how we draw all the test-pit results together, see the excavation report from the Clare community test-pit digs carried out in spring 2011 here.
There are three main ways you could get involved – you could carry out a test-pit dig on your own property, you could offer your property for someone else to dig on, or you could volunteer to dig on someone else’s property. The excavation is open to visitors and we would love to hear from you if you would like to bring a group. If you are interested in being involved please contact Andora Carver on 01206 262 970 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.