Test Pit 22: Jubilee Green

Test Pit 22:        Jubilee Green

19th July 2014

By Martin Cuthbert

Test Pit 22 was located on Jubilee Green, a public open space containing  ridge and furrow earthworks depicting medieval agriculture.  The test pit is approximately 200 metres northeast of the medieval core of the village so we weren’t expecting to find Saxon or Medieval finds, but perhaps evidence of Roman activity like that found in Test Pits 13 & 20 just to the northeast.

Topsoil overlay a deposit of ploughsoil which in turn overlay the natural.

The topsoil deposit contained modern and Victorian pottery along with brick fragments a clay pipe stem and glass.

A limited assemblage of pre-modern pottery was obtained from the topsoil (084) of test pit 22.

The assemblage suggests activity was occurring within the vicinity of test pit 22 in the Roman period, with the discovery of a single small sherd,

Six sherds of Medieval pottery were also recovered. However, the worn condition and small size suggests they may have been incorporated into manuring of the villages surrounding fields in the medieval period.

The test pit was excavated on Carnival day and we had a fantastic response from the community of Wing. We plan to excavate another test pit at future carnival events.

A huge thank you to our volunteers and the members of LBDAHSPaul Blinkhorn for his pottery analysis and Wing Parish Council for allowing us to dig a hole in Jubilee Green.

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