Test Pit 13: Stewkley Road

Test Pit 13:         Stewkley Road

6th October 2013

By Martin Cuthbert

Test Pit 13 was located on the south side of Stewkley Road.

This property is some distance from the medieval core of the village and just east of ridge and furrow earthworks depicting medieval agriculture in Jubilee Green, so we weren’t expecting to find Saxon or Medieval finds, but perhaps evidence of prehistoric or Roman activity.

Topsoil overlay a deposit of ploughsoil. Finds included modern pottery, animal bone, glass and nails all of which did not predate the current property.

A small assemblage of pottery, comprising four sherds, was recovered from the topsoil (046), and dated to the Roman period (1st-4th century).  The assemblage indicates activity was occurring within the vicinity of TP13 in the Roman period.  However, the worn condition of the sherds suggests that they may have been moved from their original place of deposition by plough activity. A single flint flake of the prehistoric period was recovered from the topsoil (046).

A huge thank you to Paul from LBDAHS, all our volunteers,   Paul Blinkhorn for his pottery analysis and of course Alison for allowing us to dig a hole in her garden.

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