Help unearth Wisbech’s past

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A TEAM of up to 120 volunteers are needed for a major project in this area as part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

Wisbech Archaeological Society is looking to carry out a series of around 30 or 40 digs in and around the town on Sunday March 11 as part of On Languard Point - a project about ‘Home’ supported by the Arts Council England.

It is hoped people will volunteer to have test pits dug in their gardens on the day to see what if anything can be unearthed as part of the ‘Dig and Sow’ initiative, which will be a mass region-wide archaeological excavation, in search of traces and even fragments of home.

Christine Green from the society explained the aim would be to have up to 40 of these test sites on the go during the day and there will need to be at least three or four volunteers to carry out each of those digs.

It is hoped that some local schools might be interested in getting involved and may be even have a test pit dug in their grounds.

Dr Carenza Lewis - well-known archaeologist from Channel 4’s popular Time Team - and her team at Access Archaeology Cambridge will lead the programme of activity and oversee the digs.

A series of silver charms have also been designed as part of the project. There are six complete sets of the 205 symbols and one of these sets will be buried across 205 separate excavations throughout the East of England by members of the public.

As a dig is filled back in, a charm will be left, so that across the region a layer of On Landguard Point becomes embedded in the fabric of the East of England.

To volunteer as a digger or to offer your garden/land for an excavation please apply in writing including contact details to: Archaeological Project c/o Fenland Citizen, 11 Union Street, Wisbech, PE13 1DN. All submissions will be past to Wisbech Archaeological Society.