Residents of Hilton, England turned out for several drizzly days of community archaeology recently when Dove Valley Community Archaeology sponsored a series of digs around the village. During the five-day process, fifteen pits were opened, uncovering coins and pottery from Roman times through the 16th century.
The pits were opened in gardens and playing fields around the village center, with hopes of discovering how long Hilton had been occupied. The results were not disappointing, according to Sandy Fox, chairman of Dove Valley Community Archaeology. "We’ve found a range of Medieval property from the 12th to the 16th century, so a good 300 years. There are not many, but enough to tell us that people have been here and going about their daily lives.”