Dig for clues
PUBLISHED: 12:37 09 February 2007 | UPDATED: 19:56 01 June 2010
A PRIMARY school will be resurrecting its application for a wind turbine after a dig found no indication it was set to be built over the remains of a medieval chapel. Plans for the turbine at the back of Elm Primary School s field were put on hold amid fe
A PRIMARY school will be resurrecting its application for a wind turbine after a dig found no indication it was set to be built over the remains of a medieval chapel.
Plans for the turbine at the back of Elm Primary School's field were put on hold amid fears they could be placing the turbine above St Giles Chapel.
Headteacher Chris Child said: "There were concerns that, somewhere on the school grounds, there might be the site of a medieval chapel. We held the exploratory dig to make sure that where we put the turbine was not where the remains lay, and preliminary findings are we are not on the site of the chapel."
The school made the most of the presence of Cambridgeshire County Council's archaeological department by holding an archaeological day. Despite not finding any evidence of the chapel, archaeologists David Crawford-White and Helen Fowler found animal bones, pottery and metal artefacts which they have taken away to examine.
They dug a one-metre-deep trench where the turbine is planned, and found no evidence of the chapel.
The two archaeologists also took a number of artefacts, including an Anglo-Saxon skull and a goblet from the Roman period, to the school. These had been dug up by the department elsewhere in the county.
Stephen Macaulay, the department's project manager, said: "Rather than just do the dig, we involved the school and showed the children how the work was going on, what was going on and why it was going on.