The third season of fieldwork as part of the Twenty Pence Project, exploring a Romano-British settlement on the edge of the fens just north of Cottenham, will take place each day from Saturday 6th July to Saturday 20th July. The project is being conducted by the Fen Edge Archaeology Group (FEAG) in association with the Cambridge Antiquarian Society, with the permission and generous support from the owners of the land.
The site is positioned near to a Scheduled Ancient Monument, where upstanding Roman earthworks are visible abutting the route of the Car Dyke. The initial season of fieldwork in 2011 included geophysical survey, metal-detecting and test-pitting to assess the condition of the surviving archaeology. In 2012, they positioned a 40mx2m evaluation trench to investigate one part of the site more closely. The fieldwork revealed a large number of ditches, mostly set out in a grid pattern as well as some other enigmatic features on which we hope to shed more light this season. This season, FEAG plan to position another 40mx2m evaluation trench intersecting last year’s trench at a right angle, to further investigate the “open areas” between the main ditches.
Whether you’re new to archaeology or if you’ve dug before with them or at other sites, everyone is welcome to join in with the project. There will be a range of activities to suit all types, whether you are up for mattocking, shovelling, and trowelling; finds washing and processing; drawing, recording, and surveying; photography; metal-detecting of spoil-heaps; or any of the other essential jobs happening on site. There will be no formal training, but there will be experienced archaeologists on site to guide and provide assistance.
If you would like to be involved in some way, please look at the FEAG website here for further information. To register your interest, please contact Matt Williams, the project coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
- What dates you plan to attend (this is not a commitment, just for planning purposes!)
- What sort of activities you would prefer to participate in
- The extent of your previous archaeological experience
- The ages of any children you plan to bring
- Confirmation that you have an up to date tetanus vaccination