The seventh Jigsaw Cambridgeshire newsletter is available to download.

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We are currently planning the Jigsaw Training Programme for 2016. If you live in Cambridgeshire and would like to attend, it would be great if you could complete the questionnaire to express interest in the courses you would like to be run. Survey ends Sunday 15th November.

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Members of the Great Fen Archaeology Group and other Jigsaw metal detectorists have been assisting Oxford Archaeology archaeologists this week in the excavation of a Spitfire in the Great Fen. Jo Richards and Jemima Woolverton, Jigsaw's Community Archaeologists, have also been on site to work with these volunteers and assist in the excavation. Volunteers have been metal detecting around the crash site (identified by earlier geophysical survey and metal detecting) to recover aircraft debris and build up a picture of how the aircraft crashed. Each find is given a number and its position marked by GPS. They are also metal detecting the spoilheaps generated by the main excavation to recover further artefacts. Finds so far include scraps of aluminium and ammunition. For further updates, keep an eye on the Oxford Archaeology website.

James Dilley of Ancient Craft lead two courses in Flint Knapping Demonstration and Workshop back in May. His guide on flint tools through the ages, and a step by step guide to flintknapping, is now available for download here.

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IMG 1191 CopyIn September 2014 we lead a fieldwalking training course in Covington village investigating a piece of land which Covington History Group hadn't previously investigated. We surveyed the field in 20m gridsquares, trying to spend an equal amount of time within each square to make it a representative sample. The report is now out, and is free to download from OA Library. Please note that this is a good place to find many of Oxford Archaeology's grey literature excavation reports.

We're currently working on the Training Dig report from Covington this July. We've received our pottery and animal bone reports, and have some very interesting conclusions! More information to come as we analyse the results...