A project aimed at boosting well-being in rural communities will involve thousands of members of the public in excavating archaeological finds under lawns and flowerbeds across Europe.

The Community Archaeological in Rural Environments – Meeting Social Challenges (CARE MSoC) initiative involves archaeologists and psychologists in exploring how making new discoveries about their local archaeology can help rural communities meet the challenges of the 21st century.

Over the next three years, thousands of rural residents across the Czech Republic, Netherlands and Poland will dig hundreds of one-metre square ‘test pits’ within participating villages and analyse their findings with archaeologists.

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