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Riseley 2014

Riseley 2014 Test Pit Location Map

Riseley 2014 Pottery Report


The 2014 test pitting in Riseley was the first to be undertaken in the village. Nine archaeological test pits were excavated in May by 38 Year 9 and Year 10 students from Hastingsbury Business and Enterprise College, Sharbrook Upper Schoo and Stratton Upper School, as well as one test pit excavated by members of Riseley History Society. The test pits were sited in two clusters, one at the northern end of the High Street and the other along Gold Street and Rotton Row.

The earliest evidence for activity in the village dates to the Late Anglo Saxon period and was found from one test pit on Gold Street (RIS/14/5) and suggests that the focus of the original settlement was in this area prior to the Norman Conquest. A limestone and mortar wall was also excavated from this test pit that may have been Late Saxon or high medieval in date as part of the earliest occupation on site. Medieval activity in the village is widespread, suggesting Riseley may have been a thriving settlement at that time, which continued through the later medieval, despite the various socio-economic upheavals (including the Black Death) that were prevalent across the country. Particularly large quantities of late medieval pottery were excavated from both RIS/14/2 and RIS/14/6 at either end of the village and suggest that there may have been a potter on each site in the 15th-early 16th century. The post medieval growth of the village continued as the settlement began to take the shape of what can still be seen today.