Bures St Mary
Access Cambridge Archaeology, on behalf of the HLF-funded Managing a Masterpiece scheme, are running a one-week public programme of community archaeological excavation and test pitting in Bures St Mary between 25th and 29th June 2012.
The excavations on the common in Bures will focus on finding and excavating the site of the medieval and later town tip. This could be a rich source of finds from the town's past which will reveal much about life, likes, trade and standards of living in Bures hundreds of years ago. It will also provide a chance to find out more about a piece of land in the centre of the town which was recently acquired by the townspeople as an amenity for the community now and in the future.
The excavations will take place over 5 days between 25th - 29th June 2012 from 9.30am - 4.30 pm. There will be one late day, on Wednesday 27th, when those not able to dig during the day will be taking part.
All places on the excavation have now been allocated.
Following a successful campaign in 2011 to raise funds to purchase Bures common from private ownership, the residents of Bures intend to return it to public use for the first time since the eighteenth century. The Bures Common Land charitable trust have given permission for the excavations to take place in June. Further information about the common can be found in the publicity handout below.