Our next meeting is on Thursday May 4 th 2017 at the WI Hall , Waresley Road, Gamlingay at 7.30 pm.
You’ll be welcome to listen to what we are planning and updates on what we have done and then join if you wish.
Test Pits in Gamlingay
Would you like to find out whether there are more than just plants and shrubs in your garden? GamArch want to find out more about the archaeology of Gamlingay and so are looking for people willing to have a test pit dug in their garden. This involves measuring out an area 1 metre square, removing the turf and then digging down in stages until you reach what is known as ‘the natural’. The soil that comes out of the pit is put on a plastic sheet for sieving (to check for small finds that were missed) so that it can be easily be used to backfill the pit once the digging has finished (without leaving a mess all over your lawn) and the turf replaced. This is all done over a few hours on one day. Typically we would do this between Spring and Autumn and usually at a weekend.
We already have 2 residents who wish to participate, but more welcome please. We completed our first test pit over the weekend of 12/13 March and a full report is now on the website under Projects – Gamlingay Test Pits – March 2016.. Our thanks to the landowner. Our 2nd was comlpleted over the weekend of July 9/10th – report to follow,
If you would like to volunteer your garden you are also welcome to get involved in the process, as are your family and friends. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested or if you have questions about the process.
In 1996/7 a major archaeology excavation took place on the site of the new Millbridge Meadows estate and a significant middle Saxon settlement and burial site was uncovered. As 2016 will be the 20th anniversary of the start of the project GamArch, working jointly with the History Society, will be proposing a series of community events and activities to celebrate this heritage with the intention of involving Churches, local schools, organisations and groups. These need to be clearly identified and planned, but it is possible that events could culminate in the reinternment of some remains in St. Mary’s field with some appropriate form of memorial.
As more details become available they will be published on our website www.gamarch.co.uk under News.