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Diss dig aims to unearth town’s hidden history

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An archaeological dig that aims to uncover an insight into the lives of lesser known Diss residents from history takes place this weekend, to mark the start of the town’s regeneration project.

Dig Diss, organised and led by the Centre of East Anglian Studies at the University of East Anglia, will see pupils from Diss High School and members of the Waveney branch of the Norfolk Young Archaeologists help excavate ‘rubbish pits’ located behind the Diss Town Council offices on Market Hill.

Members of the public are encouraged to come and watch, hear talks from archaeologists working on the site and take part in other activities including a ‘Find the Finds’ trail located around businesses in the Heritage Triangle.

Sheila Moss King, programme manager for the Diss Heritage Triangle & Diss Corn Hall Project said: “This is a great opportunity to come to a live dig, see how they work and get those exciting first glimpses of what the experts find.

“Those south-facing slopes are known to have been occupied as far back as the Bronze Age, so who knows what might turn up?

“We are all thrilled that work has started on the project and we just cannot wait to unveil the new-look Diss.

“It’s been a real team effort to get where we are but we are still fundraising and now is a great time for local businesses and residents who would like to get involved to donate.”

The dig runs from 10am to 5pm tomorrow and Sunday, with a Time Team-style talk at the end of both days.

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