9.00am - 5.00pm


9.00am - 5.00pm


12.00pm - 3.00pm

Get Digging: Archaeology in the Precincts

22nd June - 3rd July 2016

In the North West corner of the Precincts, Access Cambridge Archaeology and Cathedral Architect Jackie Hall will be guiding school groups and volunteers in a community archaeological dig. The dig will be on view during Heritage Festival Weekend.

People sifting earth in a community archaeology projectAbout the Cathedral's community archaeology project

From 22nd June to 3rd August a community dig will take place in a former garden in the north-west part of the Cathedral Precincts with most of the archaeology being carried out by volunteers.

Historical background: The main focus of the archaeology will be on the Late Anglo-Saxon period, including investigating the possibility that the burh wall crosses the garden area.
Read more about the historical background to the dig 

Follow the dig on our blog

Want to know what we're finding?

Check here for daily updates

You can see photos of the dig on the Access Cambridge Archaeology Facebook page here:

Trench Talk

At 3.00pm daily, Thursday 23rd to Thursday 30th June
At 12.00pm and 3.00pm, Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th June
At various times during the Heritage Festival Weekend, 2nd - 3rd July (no Trench Talk on Friday 1st July)

Towards the end of most afternoons during the dig, the archaeologists will "down trowels" and talk about the day's findings. These informal talks, held on site, will last around 30 minutes. Free of charge.

Archaeology Spotlight

Leading archaeologists tell us about their discoveries in this short series of talks.


Admission to each talk is £5 per person (£3 concessions). Book online here or pay on the door.
ach of the talks, with questions, will last around 60 minutes. 

Dr Jackie Hall, Cathedral ArchaologistTuesday 21st June
The Archaeology of the Cathedral Precincts

A talk by Dr Jackie Hall, Cathedral Archaeologist.
At 7.00pm in the Becket Chapel.

Mark Knight, Must Farm archaeologist. Photo: Peterborough Telegraph.Friday 24th June
The Pompeii of the Fens: Bronze Age discoveries at Must Farm

A talk by Mark Knight, Director of Excavation at the Cambridge Archaeological Unit about the recent discoveries at Must Farm near Whittlesey.
At 7.00pm in the North Transept of the Cathedral.

Alison Dickens of Cambridge Archaeological UnitThursday 30th June
All that Glisters: Anglo-Saxons, Beds and Gold

A talk by Alison Dickens, Manager of the Cambridge Archaeological Unit.
Read more information about this talk.
At 7.00pm in the North Transept of the Cathedral.


The Cathedral's community archaeology project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.Heritage Lottery Fund logo