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Healing 2017 Test Pit Location Map

Healing 2017 Test Pit Pottery Report


In June 2017 a total of 7 1m square archaeological test pits were excavated in Healing by 24 Year 9 students from  Ormiston Maritime Academy and were dug as part of the Independent Learning Archaeology Field School (ILAFS) programme, formally known as the Higher Education Field Academy (HEFA) programme undertaken by Access Cambridge Archaeology (ACA) in East Anglia and beyond, which aims to raise the aspirations, enthusiasm and attainment of 14-17 year-olds with regard to higher education by making a valuable contribution to current academic research at the University of Cambridge, into the development of rural communities and settlements in the past.

This was the first year of excavations in Healing and the test pits were focused on the original core of the settlement with a couple of outlying pits to the south down Aylesby Lane. The earliest evidence for activity identified through the test pits dated from the high medieval period with a cluster of activity noted at The Grange (HEA/17/4 and HEA/17/5) with also a single sherd recorded from outside the moated area adjacent to the church (HEA/17/3). No test pits produced any finds dating to the later medieval it is possible that Healing was quite severely affected by the numerous socio-economic factors of the 14th century that also included the Black Death that also may have led to a shift in the settlement, although further test pits would be needed to confirm this. The village picked up again during the post medieval, the focus of activity was to the north of Stallingborough Road and remained a very small settlement, until the more recent development during the 20th century.