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Understanding Our Past: Exploring the Hidden History of Meldreth


The third and final weekend of Meldreth Local History Group's Heritage Lottery funded test pitting project took place on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th August. A further ten test pits were dug at various locations in the village, bringing the total number of pits dug to 32.


Volunteers and visitors at a test pits Photograph by Malcolm Woods


The pits produced an interesting and varied assortment of artefacts. Items found included pottery from the last thousand years, an eighteenth century military button, an 1807 penny, a metal shoe clamp from a fen boot, prehistoric flint tools, large quantities of oyster shells and a variety of butchered bones from medieval kitchens. Near the mill, a test pit was dug on the site of a former manor house and a metal arrowhead was found in a 10cm layer that also contained 38 pieces of bone, 48 pieces of medieval pottery and 62 shells (mainly oyster).


Finds from all 32 test pits are now undergoing processing in the village before being sent to Cambridge University for expert analysis and identification.


We had an absolutely fantastic response to our project and would like to thank all of the people who have had a test pit on their land as well as all of the volunteers who have participated this summer.


Pages on each test pit have begun to be uploaded to our website, www.meldrethhistory.org.uk and we will be holding an exhibition in Meldreth Village Hall on Sunday 24th November which will be attended by Dr Carenza Lewis, former Time Team presenter. The exhibition will enable visitors to view the finds and discover what they reveal about the history and development of the village.


Kathryn Betts Meldreth Local History Group 9


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