West Norfolk: Talks set out case for digs

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LYNN and its surrounding areas have long been a rich and enduring hunting ground for archaeologists — and there could be a great deal more to come.

Modern archaeological techniques could yield more fascinating facts, according to former Norfolk county archaeologist and current honorary senior lecturer at UEA, Brian Ayers, who raised the possibility of further exciting discoveries at Lynn Town Hall recently.

Mr Ayers, the guest speaker at this year’s Lynn Town Guides’ annual Diana Bullock Memorial Lecture, took as his subject, King’s Lynn, East Coast Towns and the Norman Conquest: An archaeological Approach.

He engaged a virtual full house with a comprehensive illustrated presentation.

Mr Ayers, coupled his lecture with a plea for more excavations in West Norfolk. Sites such as Bawsey hinted at much more to be found and the potential of ecofact examination into finds such as pottery, leather, textiles and the like, encouraged wider artefact research.

The evening was hailed as a great success by immediate past chairman Richard Morley, who said: “It was an enlightening and entertaining talk. The origins of the town were explained with great enthusiasm, proving that archaeology need not be as dry as dust.”