New project aims to unearth secrets of Burgh Castle

Burgh Castle Roman Fort.Picture: James BassCopy: M PollittFor: EDP NewsEastern Daily Press © 2010 (

Burgh Castle Roman Fort.Picture: James BassCopy: M PollittFor: EDP NewsEastern Daily Press © 2010 (01603) 772434 - Credit: Eastern Daily Press © 2010

A new project could unearth some of the secrets of Burgh Castle.

The Norfolk Archaeological Trust (NAT) – which looks after the site overlooking Breydon Water – has launched a new study project to find more about the history of the structure and surrounding area.

Entitled 'Burgh Castle: Life Outside the Walls', the project involves exploring how Burgh Castle village has developed from Roman times to the presents.

It aims to give local residents the opportunity to get involved, and will include a programme of archaeological 'test pits' in gardens and fields to find more about the size and spread of the settlement over the centuries.

The project has recently benefited from a £9,600 Heritage Lottery Fund 'Sharing Heritage Grant'

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Trust director Caroline Davison said: 'We're really happy to have been awarded this grant and we're hoping local people will enjoy getting involved.

'One way would be to allow us to dig a pit in their garden.'

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Burgh Castle fort is one of 10 monuments in the county which the NAT looks after.

As part of the Life Outside the Walls project, the trust is looking for people who would like to help with digging test pits.

It is also looking for people to share memories about Burgh Castle in the 20th century, and who would like to get involved in visitor guiding and school visits.

Free training will be provided for those who would like to get involved.

At the end of the project, in September, all the new information produced throughout the project will be shared in an exhibition and a public event in the fort.

People who would like to find out more about getting involved can come along to a public meeting at Burgh Castle Village Hall from 6.30m to 7.30pm on Thursday, May 12.

They will hear more about the project, meet the trainers and sign up for free training and other activities.

Alternatively people can email, or phone 01603 462987.

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