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Meldreth Local History Group Understanding Our Past: Exploring the Hidden History of Meldreth


Dr Carenza Lewis, a former Time Team presenter, will be speaking in Meldreth Village Hall on Saturday 23rd March, when Meldreth Local History Group's latest project is officially launched.


As reported in the December issue of Meldreth Matters, the Group was one of the first in the country to be awarded a Heritage Lottery Fund All Our Stories grant and will be using the money to fund the digging of 20-30 test pits at different locations in Meldreth.


When Will the Digs Take Place?


The test pits will be one metre square and up to one metre deep and will be dug over three different weekends this summer. Provisional dates are 8th/9th June, 20th/21st July and 17th/18th August. Further information will be provided at the event on 23rd March, when we will be inviting people to come forward if they wish to become involved. Residents will be able to put their garden or land forward as a possible location for a test pit. We will also be looking for volunteers to help with the project and participate in the digs. Children particularly enjoy being involved with the digs and we would like to encourage families to come along to the Village Hall on 23rd March to find out more.


What Will We Find?


The most significant archaeological find to have come from Meldreth is the late Bronze Age "Meldreth Hoard", which was discovered in the village in the late nineteenth century. While we don't expect to find another hoard, it is hoped that the artefacts found during the project will tell us more about how Meldreth developed and evolved.


For further information, please come along to Meldreth Village Hall at 4.00pm on Saturday 23rd March, follow the link from our website's home page, www.meldrethhistory.org.uk, email info@meldrethhistory.org.uk or telephone me on (01763) 268428.


Kathryn Betts Secretary, Meldreth Local History Group 36


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