AGES Archaeological and Historical Association
AGES AHA is based in Hadleigh, although our members come from all over South East Essex. We enjoy exploring and advocating local heritage. We research our interests through primary sources, collecting oral histories, writing books, wearing historical costumes and finding, recording and collecting artefacts. Our volunteers can be seen at local fairs and history events. We document past projects on our website.
Between 2013 and 2018, we were privileged to dig test pits under the direction of Access Cambridge Archaeology – initially led by Professor Carenza Lewis. Participating in that project deepened our knowledge of the development of Daws Heath, Hadleigh and Thundersley, 3 local villages, by providing archaeological evidence. Our test pit results were included in Professor Lewis’s CORS (currently occupied rural settlement) project studying effects of the Black Death.
Since then, our club members have continued with test pitting to further fill the gaps in our local knowledge and, thanks to Heritage Lottery Funding in 2014 and 2017, we are now able to undertake geophysical surveys using our own equipment.
With further projects on the horizon new members are always welcome!