Access Cambridge Archaeology joined forces with BEST Archaeological Society earlier in the month to round off their inaugural year with test-pit excavations in the Bedfordshire town of Shefford. Six test-pits were dug in the town centre, including The White Hart Hotel, which pottery results indicate has been inhabited from around the 12th century to the modern day.
BEST is a charitable trust maintaining schools in East Bedfordshire which uses experience, energy and expertise from other schools and professions as a lever to raise standards in their schools. The Archaeological Society was set up by Samuel Whitbread Academy teacher, Mr Lee Thomas, after accompanying a group of his students to the Sharnbrook HEFA last summer. The society is run by a committee of Year 12 students at the upper school on behalf of Year 8 students currently attending the middle schools Robert Bloomfield Academy, Etonbury Academy and Henlow VC Academy.