Dig helps to uncover secrets of King's Lynn's past
Secrets of Lynn’s past are being uncovered following two days of excavations in the heart of the town.
More than 20 members of the public helped to dig several test pits at the Kettlewell Lane site at the weekend.
And the full extent of what the finds tell us about the town’s history is set to be uncovered during cataloguing sessions and lectures which are due to take place over the next few weeks.
The events have been arranged as part of the Hidden Heritage of the Gaywood River project to turn a vacant landfill site near Lynnsport into a wooded parkland and wildflower meadow.
The £210,000 project was awarded a £94,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant last year and an events programme planned to help broaden public understanding of the area’s importance to the town.
Archaeological consultant Dr Clive Bond said the test pits dug at the site had revealed items including fragments of medieval pottery, layers of crushed whelk shells, similar to what have been found in other parts of the town but which have not previously been found there and stonework suggesting where the old town walls would once have stood prior to the removal of the Eastgate gate in the early 19th century.
He welcomed the level of public interest in the project, including several members of the Eastern European community who took part.
He said: “It’s their opportunity to look a little bit deeper and grow our understanding of our town’s heritage. It’s not just digging a hole. It’s much more than that.”
The fragments discovered during the dig weekend will be washed, weighed and catalogued during a session at the Gaywood library tomorrow, between 11am and 3pm. The aim is to enable experts to date each layer of the excavations.
Anyone interested is welcome to attend the event, which is free and is not restricted to people who took part in the dig weekend
Dr Bond will then deliver a report on the findings at the Gaywood library on Saturday, September 15, between 6 and 8pm. Admission is free.