Community Archaeology in Brundall.
Between 2015 and 2018 a series of
archaeological test-pit digs were run in
Brundall by Cambridge University under its
community archaeology programme.
Up to 30-40 Year 9 schoolchildren from
various schools in East Norfolk descended on
a number of gardens bravely offered up by
Brundall residents to dig metre square pits
over a 2-day period to see what they could
tell us about the history of our village.
The children worked in groups of four in
each garden dig.
They were instructed at the beginning of
each session on how to dig so as to keep
historical levels intact and record finds
accurately. For the sake of the owners, they
were then instructed on how to restore pits
at the end of the session so that gardens
were left intact!
On day 3 of each session the children were
taken to Cambridge University to hear the
results of their digs, to get a taste of
university life and to begin some project
work which was later assessed.
For the village, we were given details of
all pottery and other types of finds so we
know a little more of what our forbears in
Brundall were using and where they settled.
In 2016 Carenza Lewis of “Time Team” fame,
who led the digs, gave a talk for Brundall
Local History Group which was exceptionally
well-attended. Apart from finds in Brundall
specifically, she spoke about the wider
project, covering large parts of East Anglia
and the evidence appearing that east Norfolk
was heavily affected population-wise by the
‘Black death’ of the 14th century.
To find out more, visit
the Access Cambridge Archaeology
A full record of the test pit digs has been
made in the form of an album with maps,
photographs and details of finds. To view
this, and the finds themselves, contact
Jacky Heath or Ann-Marie Simpson via
This photograph shows the
start of the test pit, which is one metre
square. The spoil is taken out, washed
recorded and retained for analysis. The
pits are dug to one metre deep, ten
centimetres at a time.
These toys were found in the
pit in the Garden Centre at Brundall Home
Hardware in Links Avenue.
This picture shows a pit half