Test Pit 7: Rothschild Road
29th June 2013
By Martin Cuthbert
Test Pit 7 was located on the east side of Rothschild 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. Rothschild Road (once New Road) was constructed in the latter part of the 19th century.
Topsoil overlay a deposit of ploughsoil which in turn overlay the natural, which was at a wonky angle probably due to ploughing. Finds included pottery, animal bone, glass and nails all of which did not predate the current property. The nicest find was a button with the inscription HM Prison. Did someone who lived here work at Aylesbury Prison and lost a button whilst the clothes were on the line?
A huge thank you to Paul from LBDAHS, all our volunteers and of course Mark and Family for allowing us to dig a hole in their garden.