From rare 11th century pottery to medieval floor tiles and 18th century clay tobacco pipes, these were just some of the great finds in Sawtry as part of a ‘Time Team’ style archaeological dig.
More than 40 pupils from across Peterborough turned Sawtry into a bustling archaeological digging site on May 21, unearthing some top finds.
The dig, led by Dr Carenza Lewis of Channel 4 Time Team fame, was part of The Higher Education Field Academy, one of Cambridge University’s most successful programmes for schools.
Several Sawtry residents generously agreed to allow students from Stanground Academy, Swavesey Community College, Cromwell Community College and Sawtry Village Academy to dig test pits in their gardens.
Dr Lewis said: “Our young investigators made some important finds, which we will be assessing with them today at Cambridge University.
“Our diggers make a genuine contribution to the university’s research into the historic development of rural communities and the impact of events such as the Black Death.”