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Sharnbrook Castle Close 2013

Sharnbrook Castle Close 2013 Report on the Archaeological Investigations







The project ‘Sharnbrook's moated earthwork - castle, manor house or what?’ was a project that received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) under their All Our Stories and Cambridge Community Heritage schemes to conduct community archaeological investigations on and around the site of a circular earthwork enclosure in Castle Close, Sharnbrook. The project was devised and developed by Sharnbrook Local History Group, part of Sharnbrook Learning for Pleasure, following discussion with Bedford Borough Council, English Heritage and the University of Cambridge with the aim of advancing understanding of the origin and purpose of the monument and its relationship to the rest of the village, raising local interest in the monument and informing it future management. With the support and supervision of archaeologists from the University of Cambridge, local residents carried out excavations, surveys and field-walking, and also research documentary evidence. The Photography, Art and Creative Writing Groups of Sharnbrook Learning for Pleasure also contributed their skills to the presentation of the project and its findings.

Excavation of the earthwork enclosure in Castle Close took place over four days between 29th August and 1st September, including a small-scale excavation on the site and an auger survey of the surrounding ditch.