Many weeks of preparations go into planning our excavations, with the local arrangements managed by one or more local coordinators who oversee the organisation on the ground and act as a main point of contact for us and volunteers. Each year Access Cambridge Archaeology invite coordinators, past and present, to Cambridge for a round-up of the events from the last 12 months as a thank you for their considerable support and hard work to help make our outreach work possible.
In spite of foreboding weather forecasts for the weekend, over 50 people from across East Anglia and beyond joined ACA at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research for the seventh annual celebration of original archaeological discoveries made in their communities.
Director of Access Cambridge Archaeology, Dr Carenza Lewis, began by showing photographs of the (very wet!) 2012 season of Higher Education Field Academies and distribution maps of the pottery found which indicated how settlements had shifted overtime, followed by overviews of the community test pit excavations as part of the East of England’s Cultural Olympiad and the Stour Valley Landscape Project, Managing a Masterpiece. After a buffet lunch, a video of the Swaffham Bulbeck Time Detectives dig was played and the results of our bigger excavations at Ridley Hall and Bures Common were presented.
In an e-mail after the event one of the attendees said, “Thank you for such a very fascinating day, I could listen to Carenza forever! Thanks for all you do for community archaeology, you really are stars.”