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Suffolk primary school pupils become archaeologists for the day

PUBLISHED: 08:20 15 July 2018 | UPDATED: 08:20 15 July 2018

A Roman coin uncovered at the site in Pipistrelle Way Picture: HAVEBURY HOUSING

A Roman coin uncovered at the site in Pipistrelle Way Picture: HAVEBURY HOUSING

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Pupils from a west Suffolk primary school became archaeologists for the day when they helped to dig from Roman treasures on a site being developed for affordable homes.

A brooch found at the dig in Pipistrelle Way Picture: HAVEBURY HOUSINGA brooch found at the dig in Pipistrelle Way Picture: HAVEBURY HOUSING

Year 5 and 6 pupils from Great Whelnetham Primary School, near Bury St Edmunds, were invited to join a dig on land adjoining the former Erskine Lodge site in Pipistrelle Way in the village.

Havebury Housing Partnership has submitted a planning application for 35 new homes on the land, and contractors from Allen Archaeology have already uncovered fascinating Roman finds, including brooches and coins.

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 on August 1.

“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 interested in volunteering their time to assist the archaeologists on site on Wednesday, August 1, are asked to contact communications@havebury.com for more information and to book a slot. This opportunity is open to anyone aged over 16.

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