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Writtle 2014

Writtle 2014 Test Pit Pottery Report

Writtle 2014 Test Pit Location Map


In March 2014, 11 archaeological test pits were excavated in Writtle by 40 Year 9 and 10 students from William De Ferrers School, Ormiston Rivers Academy, The Plume School and Kind Edward VI Grammar School, as well as members of Heritage Writtle. The 2014 pits were the sixth year of excavations in the village, bringing the grand total dug to 63 and were sited in this year in the eastern half of the settlement.

One site on the west of Writtle Green (WRI/14/10) yielded evidence for Late Anglo Saxon activity that was also only one of three overall from all the test pits to produce pottery of that date, although two of those sites were on the green here and hints that this area was the likely core of the settlement at that time. High medieval activity was more widespread, with activity continuing at Writtle Green but also around St Johns Green as well as other outlying sites that did also not change greatly through the later medieval perriod, despite the various socio-economic upheavals of the 14th century (including the Black Death). The settlement was seen to expand again during the post medieval as well as linking a lot of areas of previously separate settlement, although the focus remained around the green that is still true today.