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Hunt for Victorian rubbish at Great Yarmouth recreation ground

PUBLISHED: 14:08 16 April 2018 | UPDATED: 14:08 16 April 2018

Dr Tom Licence. He is seen at a dig in Diss. Picture: Sonya Duncan

Dr Tom Licence. He is seen at a dig in Diss. Picture: Sonya Duncan

A team of archaeologists will be digging up Victorian rubbish in a small section of the Beaconsfield Recreation Ground in Great Yarmouth at the weekend.

On Saturday the University of East Anglia history hunters will be hoping to find out what people were eating, drinking and throwing away, and evidence of small firms operating in Yarmouth at that date.

The park was created in the 1890s by levelling up the sand dunes with dry domestic waste – mostly ash and cinders - and covering it over with turf.

Their work is part of a project called What the Victorians Threw Away run by Dr Tom Licence, director of the Centre of East Anglian Studies at the UEA and who is leading the dig.

It researches the origins of our throwaway society by digging up rubbish dumps, and it links those throwaway habits to the rise of disposable packaging in the years between 1880 and 1920.

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