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The Big Dig by Jack Sell (aged 12)


On the weekend of 8th and 9th June we took part in Meldreth History Group’s test pit project. We had two pits on the green in Flambards Close and one was near my house which was the one I worked on. Our team was made up of Keith, David, my mum, Robert and my dad and my two younger brothers Harry and Charlie.


The adults chose and measured the location of the pit and recorded this information so that if anyone wanted to know where we had put the pit it was all written down. I joined in later on when they had completed the first level of digging. I started washing the finds with a toothbrush and then laid them out into trays to dry. We found lots of different pottery from medieval times and a few had some patterns on.


Then we found the best thing that we dug up over the weekend and it was thought it was a pilgrim’s badge (pictured on the right) and we were all very excited as it seemed to be an important find. The next day we found lots of bones and two tusks which we think belonged to a boar! We listed every object and bagged it up to be sent away to Cambridge University.


In the afternoon I saw at the bottom of the pit what I thought was some more red flint. I cleaned it with my fingers and it appeared to be a small orange stone and Robert told me it was possibly an old medieval amber bead!


It was an interesting event and I would like to do it again as we have learned a lot about Meldreth’s history.


Our First Dig by Ann Rogers Our test pit in Allerton Terrace was test pit 9 and we were all very excited to be taking part.


It seemed to take ages to get started, understanding the forms to be filled in and deciding where the sheets, buckets and bowls would go so that we didn’t all get in each others’ way, but once sorted we were ready to dig. The first thing that came up was a tent peg which we must have left in the ground when we had the badminton net on the lawn. So the first sign of people on our lawn was us!!


After that came lovely pieces of pottery, mostly Victorian, and bits of clay pipes and a lovely bone button.


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