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Filming in July 2011 with Michael Wood & Carenza Lewis- The Long Melford Dig

Carenza & Bob Byford Chapel Green 

Filming involved nearly 40 test pits, across the village, and these were mainly dug by our villagers, in often their own gardens. It was organised by villager Rob Simpson, John Nunn, and the TV production office team in London, who had just over 3 weeks to get it fully organised before two camera crews, plus sound teams arrived, to start filming at the Old School, for the initial early morning briefing.  

The Roman Road (see above), was found below Chapel Green, plus many splendid items came from many test pits. Other locations of pits, were the Old School, Hall Street shop gardens, two Churches and Mills, the Library, and even the Football Ground.

Michael Wood, the Mayavision Production team, plus Carenza Lewis, Paul Blinkhorn, Cambridge University archaeologists, and the Suffolk Archaeology Unit, from nearby Bury st Edmunds, were all were great fun, and made it an exciting event not to be forgotten.

The Finale, and dig post brief, was held at the George & Dragon Pub in Hall Street, and it was a great community occasion.

Many weeks of filming took place in and around Long Melford. These included the Melford Street Fair, Hall Street, a Parish Council Meeting, Roman Way, the Village Green, Old School, Melford Hall, Liston Lane, the Remembrance Parade, Bulmer Brick works, Sudbury, Little Cornard, and Mount Bures.

The Great British Story- A People's History was broadcast on BBC2, during the summer of 2012, just prior to the Olympic games.

Since then, villagers have discovered a Mesolithic axe, which dates the area now known as Long Melford, as being inhabited a far back as 8300 years BC.

A new Roman villa site was discovered, to the north of the village. And Roman burials with complete pottery, were found by archaeologists from Suffolk, at the village primary school playing field. In 2015 in a Chapel Green garden eight Roman burials were discovered, plus numerous coins, glassware, a ring, pots, and even a Roman ear cleaning implement.

In the spring of 2013, Carenza Lewis and local students, supported by the village Heritage Centre volunteers, discovered a Roman floor and post holes, in the centre of the village. And student diggers in 2013 and 2014, found Anglo Saxon pottery and post holes, in the north of the village and under the village green, close to the Holy Trinity Church. 

Michael Wood and Carenza Lewis in the summer of 2011, predicted that an area near the Holy Trinity church could be the site of the "Lost Anglo Saxon Village". Now this exciting discovery has been made, it appears to date, they were right.