Young historians help dig up mortar in Harleston

Members of Waveney Valley Community Archaeology group with the Waveney Valley Young Archaeologist Cl

Members of Waveney Valley Community Archaeology group with the Waveney Valley Young Archaeologist Club at the Harleston dig. Picture: Rebecca Murphy - Credit: Archant

A group of young aspiring archeologists helped to take part in a dig at the site of a Second World War weapon in Harleston.

The Second World War spoigot mortar position at Harleston recreation ground. Picture: Rebecca Murphy

The Second World War spoigot mortar position at Harleston recreation ground. Picture: Rebecca Murphy - Credit: Archant

A group of young aspiring archeologists helped to take part in a dig at the site of a Second World War weapon in Harleston.

The Waveney Valley Community Archaeology group were excavating around the spigot mortar position which can be seen poking out of the earth at the recreation ground.

Although the mortar was uncovered and identified many years ago, the group wanted to undertake a dig to find out what it may have looked like, and to get the community involved.

Members of the Waveney Valley Young Archaeologists Club (YAC) were on hand to aid the project.


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Andrew Macdonald, treasurer of Waveney Valley Community Archaeology, said: 'It has always been visible since it was built in 1941. A lot of people know it is there but a lot do not know what it was.

'An anti-tank mortar would be mounted on it. Although it looks more likely that it did nit have a mortar on it.'

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The dig showed the concrete structure was found to have had a wooden fence around it.

There was another spigot mortar position on London Road and they were issued to the Home Guard as a way of halting German forces if they were to invade the country.

Jo Poole, leader of Waveney Valley YAC, added: 'It is nice to link because there is a connection between us and the Waveney Valley group. They have had a good time.'

For more information about Waveney Valley Community Archaeology visit http://waveneyarchaeology.org/

To learn more about YAC and joining a club visit http://www.yac-uk.org/join-a-club

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