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Great Whelnetham Primary dig for Roman treasures

Pupils are briefed at the Pipistrelle Way site.
Pupils are briefed at the Pipistrelle Way site.

Pupils from Great Whelnetham Primary School were invited to an archaeological excavation on a site being developed for affordable housing.

Havebury Housing Partnership has submitted a planning application for 35 new homes on land adjoining the former Erskine Lodge site in Pipistrelle Way, Great Whelnetham.

The pupils were digging for fascinating Roman treasures after contractors had already uncovered brooches and coins on the site.

The year five and six pupils giving them an insight into the work of archeologists as well as learning about the rich history of the village.

Kate Leszczyszyn, project manager for Havebury Housing, said: "We are excited by the Roman finds on the site and are keen to share them with the local community.

"As well as our school visitors, we are opening up the site to volunteers from the village and neighbouring areas to assist our archaeologists with the dig during August.

"We are working closely with Suffolk Archaeological Service and will be donating all the treasures we uncover for educational use and display in local museums.”

Members of the public, aged over 16, interested in volunteering their time to assist the archaeologists on site on Wednesday August, 1 or Wednesday August, 8 are asked to register at www.havebury.com/services/havebury-s-volunteer-dig or contact communications@havebury.com for more information.

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