Today was our first day on site and amazingly it was a sunny one. Whilst the soldiers went out for the day to learn more about Anglo-Saxon life and death the archaeologists were busy setting out the trenches and stripping off the topsoil.

The Army News Team was on hand to catch the action and their film of the project will appear on the army website ( later this week.

The focus of this year’s excavation will be the areas between the trenches dug by English Heritage in 2003 and 2004. Follow this blog to find out how the dig progresses.