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Manuden 2015

Manuden 2015 Test Pit Location Map

Manuden 2015 Test Pit Pottery Report

 

In July 2015 12 archaeological test pits were excavated in Manuden as the last year of excavation in the village, bringing the total dug to 39. A total of 45 students took part in the dig, from Davenant Foundation School, Herts and Essex High School, The Bishops Stortford High School and Leventhorpe School. The test pits were sited in the core of the village, as well as to the north in an area of more modern housing and also in some far outlying sites, such as at Uppend.

Only one test pit yielded any high medieval pottery (MAN/15/7), but as that pit was sited in the village core, it supports the previous years results that medieval manuden was not as dispersed as it is today. On the same site evidence for later medieval activity continued, with also activity identified for the first time just to the north (MAN/15/4 and MAN/15/5), although as only single sherds of late medieval pottery were recorded it seems likely that this area would have been utilised as open fields from the 14th century onwards. Again it was recorded that during the post medieval a number of the outlying farmsteads came to be, including the sites at Uppend far to the west of the village core, as the village began to take the shape of what can be seen today, although the a lot of modern housing infilling has taken place during the 20th century and later.