AGES Archaeological & Historical Association has received a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Sharing Heritage grant, it was announced today (1st October 2014). This exciting project, AGES AHA Bringing Archaeology to the Community, which will take place in and around Hadleigh and Thundersley and be led by AGES AHA, has been given £8,500 to take the story of recent local archaeological finds and their associated history to local residents by way of public meetings, a new pop up museum to use at local fairs and a series of talks to local groups.
40 students from 5 different Southend schools dug 10 one metre square test pits in gardens and AGES AHA, as a local community archaeology group, another. The dig was directed by Dr Carenza Lewis of Access Cambridge Archaeology as part of their Higher Education Field Academy which has been surveying over 50 East Anglian parishes in this manner over the last 10 years.
Following last year’s successful digging of 12 test pits, Access Cambridge Archaeology (ACA) under the leadership of Dr Carenza Lewis are to visit Daws Heath for a second year. As in 2013, this will be part of the Higher Education Field Academy (HEFA) in which 40 students from Southend borough schools will gain experience of 2 days of archaeological excavation and reporting in gardens volunteered by local residents followed by a day at Cambridge University.