The fifth and final test-pit of Dig 4 was dug at the very eastern end of the village, in an area of lawn in the garden of 49 Burton End, situated on the north side of the road running through the hamlet. The test pit was located east of the present house, close to the … Continue reading Dig 4 – A cobbled surface at Test-Pit 5
North-east of Test-Pit 3, our fourth test-pit was dug in an area of lawn in the back garden of 23-25 Burton End, situated on the north side of the road running through the hamlet. Excavation removed 50cm of soil to reveal natural clay at the base. Archaeology comprised 10cm of turf covering 10cm of chalk, … Continue reading Dig 4 – This was the medieval occupation we wanted to find at Test-Pit 4
Moving on to Burton End. Test Pit 3 was dug on a public footpath east of 104 High Street (White Gables). Maps dating to the 19th century show that the site lies close to an 'ancient lane' with several buildings which no,longer exist. Nothing is known about these buildings. Could they be part of the medieval … Continue reading Dig 4 – These weren’t the medieval buildings we were looking for at Test-Pit 3.
Our second test-pit was dug immediately east of Test-pit 1 in an area of open ground owned by South Cambs District Council (situated between Nos. 27 and 33 Streetly End), on the south side of the hamlet. The area comprises rough grassland and trees and had several discreet earthworks of unknown origin. The test pit … Continue reading Dig 4 – Significant evidence of medieval settlement at Test-pit 2
In Streetly End, our first test pit was dug in an area of lawn in the back garden of No. 35 Streetly End, situated on the south side of the road running through the hamlet. The test pit was also located close to a find spot of medieval pottery in an adjacent field to the … Continue reading Dig 4 – Disappointing results from Test Pit 1
Ok, Dig 4, what was the plan this time. So far we have investigated the church end of the village (Dig 2) and Streetly End (Dig 3), and we now have a much better idea of when and how these two settlements began to develop. The earliest post-prehistoric finds from Dig 2, dating to the Saxo-Norman … Continue reading Dig 4 – A new year and new objectives
The final test pit excavated in Dig 3 was Test Pit 5, which was dug further north-west into Dovehouse Meadow, set back 30m from Webbs Lane. Results from geophysical survey suggest that this area was separated from Test Pits 3 and 4 by a bank of earth, probably a hedge bank, and therefore in a … Continue reading Dig 3 – Test-pit 5 and the big picture
We also dug Test-pit 4 in the south-eastern corner of Dovehouse Meadow, about 15m west of Test-pit 3 and closer to Webbs Lane. We picked this location because again, the early 19th century enclosure map shows that a long rectangular building once stood in the vicinity, possibly a farm building or a building relating to … Continue reading Dig 3 – Test-pit 4 reveals second building
Moving beyond the houses of Streetly End, our remaining three test-pits of Dig 3 were all dug in the south-eastern corner of Dovehouse Meadow, to the west of the Mill House. An early 19th century enclosure map of the village shows a group of buildings once occupied this corner of the field, perhaps part of … Continue reading Dig 3 – Evidence of a building found in Test-pit 3?
Moving on, Test-pit 2 was dug in the grounds of the Mill House at the western end of the hamlet. The pit was located in a small area of rough grassland close to the frontage with Webbs Road. Historic maps dating back to the late 19th century show no activity in the immediate vicinity of … Continue reading Dig 3 – Test-pit 2 results revealed