Between 9th and 11th June 2023, Heritage Eastbourne is asking people to dig archaeological test pits in their own gardens to uncover the hidden history beneath your feet! The test pits will give a snapshot of how parts of Eastbourne developed as a Downland settlement and to find out more about the daily lives of Eastbourne’s residents throughout history.
A Test Pit is a small archaeological excavation, consisting of a square trench measuring 1m by 1m and up to 1m deep that can dug be by hand, by anyone, in an open space in their garden.
'Flying Archaeologists' will be on hand to supervise and ensure all excavations and recording are done correctly while another team of finds specialists will be in the headquarters in Motcombe Gardens to record and interpret the archaeology.
There will also have a number of test pits in public spaces in Eastbourne and visitors are welcome to pop by and see what has been uncovered!
Full training and resources will be provided.
Sign up to take part in the Big Dig at: https://tinyurl.com/mvxhn4xk
And for more information visit our website www.HeritageEastbourne.co.uk
The Big Dig project is part of Changing Chalk - a partnership of organisations led by National Trust and supported by National Lottery Heritage Fund and People's Postcode Lottery working together for the future of the South Downs.