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Little Hallingbury 2008

Little Hallingbury 2008 Pottery Report

Little Hallingbury 2008 Test Pit Location Map

Sixteen test pits were excavated in 2008 in Little Hallingbury, bringing the total to date to twenty-eight. Most of the 2008 sites were chosen in order to investigate places some distance away from the church, particularly three with 'green' elements to their names: Gaston Green, Wright's Green and Mott's Green. In contrast with the results of the 2007 HEFA CORS excavations (which produced middle Saxon pottery from two separate sites, no material predating the 13th century was recovered from any of the sites excavated in 2008. Later Anglo-Saxon material remained elusive: as in previous years, no evidence dating to between the eighth and eleventh centuries AD was recovered from any of the excavated sites in Little Hallingbury, supporting the suggestion that activity in the later Anglo-Saxon period in the area occupied by the present village was minimal and/or non-intensive. In contrast, five separate sites (west of the church, Gaston Green, Wright's Green, Mott's Green and the moated site east of Wright's Green) yielded pottery of post-conquest date, although only the latter produced more than five sherds. This hints at a dispersed pattern of activity, but possibly of a low intensity. Only in the post medieval period does activity seem to become more intensive (although apparently ceasing at Wright's Green), to coalesce around the church and extend along the north-west to south-east oriented route which is now the main road through the village.