Thursday, 26 July 2018

Digging around in Old Buckenham

What will they find?

The fundraising metal detectorists from Norfolk Heritage Recovery Group (NHRG) will be paying two return visits to Old Buckenham this year. Last year they ran a very successful dig on two fields at Old Hall Farm (courtesy of Tom Baron) and the entry fees from the NHRG members attending the dig enabled them to write a cheque for £500 towards the Raise the Roof fund. 
 The dig itself produced a surprising quantity of interesting artefacts and coins, including some late-issue Charles I shillings which may have been associated with military action by the Roundheads against the Royalist occupants of the nearby castle at New Buckenham. The finds have now been recorded on the PAS national archaeological finds database.
This year they return to Old Hall Farm on Saturday 25 August, and will be detecting on two different fields. Villagers are invited to come along and view the finds between 2pm and 5pm at the dig registration tent which will be set up at Old Hall Farm in Harlingwod Lane. Someone will be on hand to help with identification and interpretation of what’s been discovered. 

 Two weeks later they’ll be back, on Saturday 8 September, and this time will be setting up near the Hargham Road end of Fen Street on land kindly made available by Stephen Askew. Once again, villagers are invited to come along and view any finds recovered on the day which will be displayed in the dig registration tent.
NHRG wish to make known that their metal detecting digs are only open to NHRG members and that all archaeological finds are reported to the Finds Liaison Officer working for the Norfolk Historic Environment Record associated with Norwich Castle Museum. 

 If anyone would like any further information they are invited to contact Godfrey Pratt, the NHRG Chairman, who lives in Old Buckenham and can be contacted at

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