Test Pit 19: Hawthorn Way

Test Pit 19:         Hawthorn Way

22nd June 2014

By Martin Cuthbert

Test Pit 19 was located on the north side of Hawthorn Way, a late 20th century housing development. Archaeological finds in the area include an assemblage of Roman pottery discovered c.800m east. Approximately 500m southeast a road widening scheme in 1954 destroyed a low mound, believed to be a Saxon or Roman burial mound or meeting place.

This property is some distance from the medieval core of the village, so we weren’t expecting to find Saxon or Medieval finds, but perhaps evidence of prehistoric or Roman activity.

A thin topsoil overlay the natural. The topsoil was very shallow suggesting the site had been leveled prior to construction of the housing estate. The few finds were late post-medieval or modern in date.

A huge thank you to all our volunteers, Jenny for supervising and Sally for allowing us to dig a hole in her garden.

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