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Brundall 2017

Brundall 2017 Test Pit Location Map

Brundall 2017 Test Pit Pottery Report


Two day test pit excavations were undertaken in Brundall in March 2017 where 9 1m square test pits were excavated by 35 Year 9 and Year 10 students from Broadland High School, Framingham Earl High School, Notre Dame High School and Sheringham Woodfields School. The test pitting was 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, 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.

The nine test pits excavated in 2017 adds to the 31 excavated in 2015 and 2016 to bring the total up to 40 test pits so far dug and were mainly focused in the western half of the village. Pottery and lithics dating to the Bronze Age were again found to the southwest of the church at BRU/17/6, and following on from what was found in 2015 in the same area. The same site also yielded evidence for Roman activity that has been sparsely noted along the spread of the village and overlooking the River Yare. No additional Anglo Saxon evidence for activity was recorded in 2017, but the high medieval settlement continues to be focused through the central part of the village and was only recorded in 2017 from two of the test pits sited close to the church (BRU/17/2 and BRU/17/5). The lack of later medieval pottery from any of the test pits again supports what has been found in previous years that the village likely contracted greatly due to the socio-economic factors of the 14th century. The settlement however had started to expand again from the 16th century and continued to the extensive settlement that can be seen today.