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BIG VILLAGE DIG 2011

The event took place over the weekend of 16th/17th July 2011 and formed part of the Council for British Archaeology's Festival of British Archaeology. The event was funded by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

A total of 13 test pits were excavated by a mixture of professional archaeologists, students of archaeology, amateur archaeologists, householders and members of Archaeology North Duffield.

Two pits were on the village green, one in the garden of the village public house and the rest in residents gardens.

1x1meter test pits were dug in 20cm spits. Each spit was photographed and recorded on Context Sheets and any finds from that spit gathered into a finds bag with two labels. They were washed and taken to the Dig HQ before the next 20cm was dug. This continued until either a depth of 1meter had been reached or natural soil was encountered, whichever was the sooner.

 Most pits recovered Post Medieval/ Modern pottery. Almost all recorded  Medieval green-glazed pottery in varying amounts. Several recorded Northern Grittyware Norman pottery and a few pieces of may turn out to be Roman pottery. The finds are still in process of washing and cataloguing and therefore some surprises may lay in store.

The weather was atrocious during the morning of Saturday and for much of Sunday and were it not for the generosity of the Ash Duggan Committee, a local charitable organisation, who loaned us a marquee and a number of gazebo's the event could not have taken place. In the circumstances everyone had a thoroughly enjoyable time. Students from the Archaeology Department of York University and archaeologists from York Archaeological Trust were invaluable in ensuring that the householders without any experience, enjoyed digging the test pits in their gardens.

The project was designed to establish the limits of the earlier settlement of North Duffield and a chronology of that settlement. The interim results confirm similar results obtained when three test pits were dug by local primary school children within the grounds of their school. The most productive pits with a broad range of finds were in what is believed to be the core of the original village, pits on the outskirts of that core providing much less evidence of occupation.

For a list of the 'finds' please Click HERE.



Lunch at the pub BVD weekend 2011 (above and below)

digging test pit # 10

digging test pit # 11

digging test pit # 15