£50,000 needed to finish treasure hunt

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AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL dig in Pinchbeck remains on hold while organisers desperately seek to secure funding.

Hundreds of artefacts, including pottery and coins – some dating back to the 13th century – have aready been uncovered at Healey’s Field.

But those behind move to uncover the hundreds of years of history on the site say there is much more still to be discovered.

Unfortunately, they need about £50,000 to complete the dig and archaeologists have been forced to down tools while attempts are made to come up with the cash.

A bid has been submitted to the National Lottery Heritage Fund and it is hoped work can begin if the grant is awarded.

Spokesman for the dig Ray Tucker said: “We know there is a lot more to find and everyone is just waiting to get going again.

“It’s very frustrating but we can’t do anything without funding.”

In the meantime, the team behind the Pinckbeck History and Archaeology Project is appealing for someone to come forward who has space where the items discovered so far can go on display.

Mr Tucker said: “There are already around 6,000 pieces recovered from the site, including some remarkable pottery and coins, but we have nowhere to display them.

“They are currently in storage but we would like them to be put on display somewhere where the people of Pinchbeck and local area can see them.

“Much of it is from the early Elizabethan period, but some is earlier including a leather sandal which is believed to date back to the 13th century.

“There is a lot of history there and it’s a real pity people can’t see it.”

The dig at Healey’s Field, which went ahead with the blessing of landowner Ivan Healey, began in 2010 after Pode Hole businessman and metal detectorist John Lyon discovered 44 coins in one small area the previous year.

A report commissioned by Mr Lyon into the site revealed the remains of a building which is most likely to be Croswithand House, owned by Robert Cust from 1479.

Evidence suggests the house fell into ruins in the 1800s.

As well as being of historical worth, one or two of the artefacts, including jewellery, have monetary value, so any room which could be used as a temporary museum to show off the finds would also need to be secure.

Anyone who can help is asked to call group secretary Brenda Ruysen on 01775 769501.