Budding archaeologists uncovered links to their past during an excavation at a building site in a West Suffolk village.
The youngsters from Great Barton Primary School discovered remains relating to the Saxon to early medieval expansion of the village dating back 1,000 years during the dig in East Barton Road.
They were invited by Suffolk Housing which is funding the construction, by Iceni Homes, of 10 new homes at the site.
Working with a team from Pre-Construct Archaeology, the pupils’ findings included evidence of former homes and farm buildings as well as old cess pits at the back of the houses.
There were also fragments of cooking pots and tableware as well as other objects from daily life such as an iron knife and horse spur.
Ian Winslet, chief executive at Suffolk Housing, said: “It gave the pupils a fascinating glimpse into the history of the village and the lives of their ancestors.”
The visit co-incided with a school project on Anglo-Saxons. The building work is due to be completed in spring.