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Rampton 2015

Rampton 2015 Test Pit Location Map

Rampton 2015 Test Pit Pottery Report


In April 2015 an additional 11 archaeological test pits were excavated in Rampton, bringing the total so far dug in the village to 21 and were excavated by 38 Year 9 and 10 students from Witchford Village College, Soham Village College, Cottenham Village College, Ely College and students from the Cambridge Home Educated Families (CHEF). The 2015 test pits were more widespread than those excavated in 2014, with pits dug along Church End, King Street and the High Street, as well as again along Cow Lane.

An additional two sites were recorded in 2015 to yield Romano-British pottery along King Street (RMP/15/6 and RMP/15/7) and may be contemporary and supplementary to the likely site of occupation noted at Cow Lane in 2014. Where the Late Anglo Saxon pottery was recorded in 2014, a next door test pit (RMP/15/3) also yielded evidence for activity of that date, which may now hint at the presence of occupation on site at that time. The medieval activity focused again on the central aspect of the village, although did also extend slightly further to the north, along the southern extent of Cow Lane, but generally remained to the west of the green. The village contracted during the later medieval upheavals of the 14th century (including the Black Death) with also a loss of activity centrally around the green, with only evidence from the High Street and King Street being so far found in the test pits. Occupation expanded again through the post medieval, including to the more outlying sites that were excavated from the first time this year.