Chance to become archaeologist for the day in Hilgay

West Norfolk Archaeology Society members and friends at an earlier dig in Great Massingham

West Norfolk Archaeology Society members and friends at an earlier dig in Great Massingham

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Villagers will be given the chance to become archaeologists for a day when a dig takes place in Hilgay next month.

West Norfolk Archaeology Society will be creating test pits at butcher Ali Dent’s home in Sausage House, Stocks Hill on Sunday, April 19.

This is one of a series of digs planned by the Ouse Washes Landscape Community Archaeology Partnership over the summer.

The project received nearly £2,000 to put on larger digs in Denver during July and at Hilgay in August.

A butcher’s shop has been running at the Hilgay site for more than 100 years and the home itself dates back to the 1700s or 1800s.

Mr Dent has offered up his herb garden in front of his shop to be used in the dig.

He said: “It should be quite good. I like history and thought it would be quite interesting to see if anything was dug up.”

Burgers will be on sale during the event, which runs from 11am.

Mr Dent is once again running the fundraising burgermeister competition in Hilgay Village Hall on Saturday, March 28.

Contestants can munch their way though a 4lb endurance or 2lb speedy burger.

Entry forms need to be with Mr Dent within the coming days; for more information on this event contact Mr Dent on 01366 387686.