Archeological dig begins in Huntingdon

Archeological excavation in Ermine Street, Huntingdon. Photo: Caplio
Archeological excavation in Ermine Street, Huntingdon. Photo: Caplio
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History lovers in Huntingdon have the chance to learn more about the area’s past thanks to an archeological excavation in the town.

Oxford Archaeology East is carrying out the dig in Ermine Street along the route of the forthcoming Huntingdon Town Centre link road on behalf of Cambridgeshire County Council and Huntingdonshire District Council.

During the excavations, which will finish in early June, there will be a series of archaeology events held at Cromwell Museum, in Grammar School Walk, and Huntingdon Library, in Princes Street.

There will be an exhibition of the most recent finds on display at the museum from early April, with an archaeologist on hand fortnightly (Wednesdays from April 10 at 12.15pm) to give a short update.

At the library. there will be regularly updated information boards explaining more about the site.

There will also be a children’s archaeology morning on Saturday, 1 June and an illustrated talk on the evening of Wednesday, 12 June.

Moreover, there will be an opportunity for people to get hands-on by helping to clean and catalogue finds from the dig at the Oxford Archaeology East offices in Bar Hill every Thursday until the dig finishes.

Anyone interested should pick up an application form from Huntingdon Library.

Aileen Connor, senior project manager with Oxford Archaeology East said: “We’re really pleased that the Cromwell Museum and library are helping us bring to life this most recent dig into Huntingdon’s fascinating history.

“This will be a great opportunity for the people of Huntingdon to see the finds and hear about the excavation almost as it is happening. We’re expecting lots of interesting finds from the Roman and medieval periods.”

More about the Oxford Archaeology East project in Huntingdon at