A community based archaeology project has scooped a highly commended at a prestigious national award.

Jigsaw Cambridgeshire: Piecing Together Cambridgeshire's Past, is a Heritage Lottery-funded project run by Oxford Archaeology East and Cambridgeshire County Council.

It was awarded highly commended in the Best Community Engagement Archaeology Project category at this year's British Archaeological Awards.

Jigsaw Cambridgeshire works with voluntary groups across the county enabling people to investigate the history of their local areas. The project runs free training, and provides expertise and equipment, allowing groups to carry out geophysical surveys and excavation projects. Jigsaw currently has set up or supports 20 groups across the county, with nearly 500 people working on over 50 projects to date.

The awards ceremony, presented by Loyd Grossman, Chair of The Heritage Alliance, Ed Vaizey, then Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries, and Dan Snow, President of the Council for British Archaeology, was held on this week at the British Museum.

Audience members and fellow nominees were given the chance to learn about the successful project, now halfway through its five-year programme.

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