KING’S LYNN: TV expert to lead dig project
A well-known archaeologist will be helping to raise the aspirations of West Norfolk teenagers later this year.
Dr Carenza Lewis, who was an expert on Channel 4’s Time Team, will be encouraging teenagers from three schools to apply to the University of Cambridge during a project in May.
Dr Lewis and colleagues from Access Cambridge Archaeology, will be running a higher education field academy for pupils from Lynn’s Springwood High School and King Edward VII School, plus the Thomas Clarkson Academy in Wisbech.
The group will also be supporting a series of weekend digs in Gaywood Valley by the West Norfolk and King’s Lynn Archaeology Society, which start later this month.
The group received £9,900 from the Heritage Lottery fund to run the All Our Stories project.
Dr Lewis, who is director of the community heritage group, said: “We have decided to come to Gaywood as the people there are interested in the past and want to find out about it.
“Based on what has already turned up, I wouldn’t be surprised to get some medieval items even from the time of Richard III and Anglo Saxon and Roman.
“The thing with digging is that you never know what you are going to find.”
Under the field academy project, youngsters from the three schools will be spending two days running their own excavation in Gaywood on May 15 and 16.
On the following day, May 17, the pupils will be analysing the results at the University of Cambridge.
Dr Lewis said: “The project is about encouraging students from state schools to apply to Cambridge and feel inspired to do that.
“We will be working in the same community as the Heritage Lottery project as we are trying to join everyone together. The more work we can get done the more we can tell.”
Meanwhile, members of the West Norfolk archaeology society will be holding their first weekend session in Fairstead on March 23 and 24.
Residents are encouraged to take part in field walking, test pitting and building surveys.
Society chairman Dr Clive Bond is hoping to learn more about the communities which living in the West Norfolk countryside before Lynn emerged.
He said: “In 1964, someone first found some bits and pieces which relate to the early settlements and that is what I hope to pick up on.
“The whole idea of the project is that people do not just stand by and watch but can get involved.”
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