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North Warnborough 2017 Test Pit Location Map

North Warnborough 2017 Test Pit Pottery Report


2017 was the fifth and final year of test pit excavations in North Warnborough, when in June, an additional 9 1m square archaeological test pits were excavated by 34 Year 9 students from Robert May's School, Cranbourne Business and Enterprise College and The Costello School. The test pits were spread through the village and in between the sites from previous years and brought the total number of excavated test pits in the village to 54.

The earliest of the 2017 pottery finds date from the high medieval onwards that added to the already known spread of medieval activity along the length of the current settlement that was also focused away from the area around the castle to the west. The 2017 results also continued to support the idea of a substantial village contraction during the 14th century, likely due to the Black Death as well as other socio-economic factors of that time, as only a single test pit in 2017 yielded later medieval pottery (NWA/17/6) that was sited on Dunley's Hill and brings a total of only eight test pits that have evidence for activity during the later medieval. The results further suggest that the settlement was quick to recover during the post medieval period as it continued to grow and expand so that by the 19th century, the basic layout of the village as seen today can be seen.