AMATEUR archaeologists tried their hand at basic excavation on a Heritage Lottery-funded community project.
Fans of TV's Time Team were among the people of all ages who also learned field walking during the three-day search at Oakridge Lynch.
Local allotments were the site of the dig organised by Oakridge History Group and supported by Anna Morris, from the Gloucestershire Archaeology Service.
John Loosley, from the history group, said it was a fun chance for budding archaeologists to have a go themselves.
"The search was for evidence of early inhabitants of Oakridge Lynch, possibly as far back as the Bronze Age," Mr Loosley said.
The allotments dated back to 1869 and were common land before then, and Mr Loosley said: "The village was once home to a wealthy Roman family and there is evidence of earlier settlements."