11 test pits were excavated in Garboldisham in 2013, adding to those completed in previous years and bringing the total to 34. Pits GAR/13/01-/07 filled gaps in areas previously explored in the village north and south of the A1066 and on Garboldisham Common, while pits GAR/13/08 and GAR/13/09 investigated new locations at Ling Farm and Garboldisham Manor and GAR/13/10 and GAR/13/11 returned to Hall Farm where a test pit in 2012 encountered 19th century structures which prevented it from extending to any great depth.
GAR/13/11 produced a single tiny (1g) sherd of Bronze Age pottery. While small, this material is in general sufficiently uncommon for the find to be noteworthy. The same pit also produced two sherds of Romano-British pottery, one quite large (11g), possibly indicative of settlement in the vicinity. At Ling Farm (CRO/13/08) the recovery of three sherds hinted at the possible presence of settlement nearby. Single sherds of Roman pottery were recovered from pits CRO/13/04 and CRO/13/07, suggesting low-intensity activity, possibly manuring, at this time in the area of the present village, perhaps indicating that the settlement indicated by previous discoveries of larger number of sherds did not extend very far. The overall pattern of the Roman material at Garboldisham, although relatively sparse, does hint at a widespread pattern of largely dispersed settlement occupying some of the same places in the landscape as today’s settlements.
No Anglo-Saxon pottery was found in 2013, and very little of medieval date, with GAR/13/03 and CRO/13/06 producing just a single sherd each and GAR/13/08 and GAR/13/11 three and two sherds respectively. This evidence, sparse as it clearly is, does hint at activity of some sort on the sites of later outlying elements of the settlement pattern at Ling Farm and Hall Farm. The latter (GAR/13/11) was the only site in 2013 to produce any later medieval material, a single sherd of late medieval transitional ware.