Budding archaeologists join the experts for a series of mini excavations at Gaywood. Pictures: Kevin Elfleet

Artefacts which shed more light on Gaywood and areas of King’s Lynn’s past were unearthed by families at mini ‘Time Team’ excavations.

Around 25 people, including a number of youngsters, excavated test pits in Kettlewell Lane and Littleport Terrace last weekend.

They found a variety of items including pottery, porcelain and building materials which are set to be washed and catalogued tomorrow (Saturday) at a special collection and learning event at Gaywood Library from 11am to 3pm.

The excavations were part of the Heritage Lottery Fund-supported Hidden Heritage of Gaywood River project.

Dr Clive Bond, chairman of West Norfolk and King’s Lynn Archaeological Society and consultant for the West Norfolk Council project, said evidence of a demolition layer was discovered in Kettlewell Lane and crushed cockle shells, used to make roads, where found in Littleport Terrace.

The areas excavated included the location of the medieval East Gate, which stood in the area now known as Dodman’s Bridge, and was demolished in the 1800s.

Other locations included the town’s walls and fortifications.