Serving the communities of Bures St Mary and Bures Hamlet


Community Dig in Bures June 25 - 29th 2012

Run in conjunction with:
Managing a Masterpiece,
Heritage Lottery Fund,
Department of Archaeology, Cambridge University,
Leigh Alston (Bures Historian) of Madingly College, Cambridge.

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This page is just a very brief resume of the dig.

The Community Dig` intention was to search for the Stream and the local waste tip that had been documented in past maps of the area.
No waste tip was forthcoming, but the
"stream" appeared in all three trenches which were excavated.

On the opposite side of the Common to the road, (adjacent to the old barn) a test pit uncovered signs of habitation during the mediaeval period.

ie, part of a mediaeval pot >
Consequently a mediaeval community may have existed on this side of the Common

One of the greatest finds were a bronze age/roman ear-ring.
If this ear-ring had been of the highest quality it would have been manufactured out of Gold rather than Bronze.
As there were no other bronze artifacts found on the site, we can only speculate to its origin.
ie, was it dropped inadvertently by someone walking across the Common


Late of Friday afternoon when the dig was drawing to close, remains of a wooden structure were found nearly 2m down in one of the trenches.

At this time it is uncertain if these remnants are of a barge or possibly a footbridge over the stream.

It is hoped that with further funding this project will return this year to excavate further this area to determine exactly what this structure was.

Trench adjacent to the footpath alonside the carriageway >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Test pits measuring one metre square were dug at six different locations in the centre of the village.
These produced various artifacts which included modern day pottery and plenty of bricks.

In one garden a clay pipe was dicovered whilst in another a very old ink well.