‘Dig on the Common’ Open Day at Saffron Walden Museum

See the finds and results of the Heritage Lottery Funded ‘Dig on the Common’ coordinated by Saffron Walden Museum on Saturday 14th September in a special open day event from 1:30-4:30pm in the Museum and Castle grounds. Meet some of the diggers and find out about the latest discoveries on the town common, the results of our geophysical surveys and the Norman and medieval origins of Saffron Walden.

Date: Saturday 14th September

Times: 1.30 to 4.30 pm

Venue: Saffron Walden Museum, Museum Street, Saffron Walden CB10 1JL, tel 01799 510333

Nearest public car parks: the Common and Swan Meadow. Pedestrian access to the grounds from Church Street

The July excavation was an opportunity to find out more about the Norman castle’s defences and origins of the town, and to provide an opportunity for 30 students from local secondary schools to get involved in archaeology. For one week from 22nd July the ‘Dig on the Common’ looked for evidence of the Norman outer bailey ditch. The excavation was run by Access Cambridge Archaeology (as part of Cambridge Community Heritage) from the University of Cambridge, under the direction of Dr Carenza Lewis and site supervisors Catherine Ranson and Jessica Rippengal. The team of  30 volunteer diggers were students from Saffron Walden County High School and Newport Free Grammar School. The students have since been working with the Museum over the summer to prepare for the Open Day on 14 th September. You can read the blog from the ‘Dig on the Common’ here.

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