On 11th February 2015, many local residents and others wishing to support the idea of local archaeological test pitting joined AGES Archaeological & Historical Association at a special meeting at St Michael’s Church hall in Daws Heath.
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.
As a result of contacts arising from the Archive’s All our Stories Lottery funding, five of the Archive’s editors acted as co-ordinators for Access Cambridge Archaeology (ACA) Higher Education Field Academy (HEFA) to arrange for school students to dig ten, 1 metre by 1 metre, test pits in Daws Heath on 5th and 6th June, as well as enlisting Ages AHA, the local community archaeology group, to dig two more.