OA East have supervised two seasons of community excavation at the site of a former Benedictine Abbey at Ramsey, Cambridgeshire.
In 2018, a local community group completed the first comprehensive geophysical survey of the area formerly occupied by Ramsey Abbey, which is now in the grounds of Abbey College, the secondary school in Ramsey. Ramsey Abbey Community Project successfully applied to the National Lottery Heritage Fund for a grant to excavate some of the potential archaeological anomalies identified by their survey and to run public events to raise the profile of this important heritage site.
Oxford Archaeology East supervised the first season of excavation last August which involved over 30 volunteers. These interventions located the eastern side of the abbey precinct boundary and a post-medieval brick clamp kiln (for more information, see our article: https://oxfordarchaeology.com/news/814-investigating-the-monastic-precinct-of-ramsey-abbey). In August 2019, OA East have returned again to Abbey College with the Ramsey Abbey Community Project to investigate an area of high resistance which may represent building foundations. An open weekend was attended by over 1500 people, in spite of gale-force winds. There were tours of the site by members of the Ramsey Abbey Community Project as well as hands-on activities and re-enactment displays. OA East hosted a visit by the Cambridge branch of the Young Archaeologists' Club.