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Staploe Archaeology Group was established in 2019 with the aim of researching the history of the Staploe Hundred and the surrounding area through archaeology and archaeological geophysics.   The catchment area for membership is East Cambridgeshire and to the south of the Ely area. We meet on the second Wednesday of the month (January to November) in Soham and aim to run at least one training session or group activity each month.

Activities during 2023 included a two-week excavation at a late medieval moated site at Caxton End, Eltisley in conjunction with Eltisley History Society, as well as STAG members joining National Trust site excavations at Wimpole Hall and Reach 24, plus a community dig at Reach Hythe.  Geophysical surveys were undertaken at Croxton Park and Bedwell Hey near Little Thetford, while in house training included QGIS and LiDAR (for beginners!) and Wenner resistivity pseudosection refresher training.

Plans for 2024 include

·      further geophysics and excavation in the field north of the farmhouse at Bedwell Hey Farm near Little Thetford where previous Mag and Res surveys have indicated a possible trackway and roundhouses

·        field walking along the old course of the River Ouse south west of Ely

·        geophysical surveys at several new locations