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Fulmodeston 2018 Test Pit Location Map

Fulmodeston 2018 Test Pit Pottery Report


2018 was the first year of test pitting in Fulmodeston, so on the 2nd and 3rd of July a total of 42 Year 8, Year 9 and Year 12 students from Litcham School, Alderman Peel High School, Fakenham Academy and Cromer Academy, excavated 11 1m2 archaeological test pits. These were mainly focused around the crossroads along Hindolveston Road, Barney Road and Croxton Road with a single test pit also sited in the hamlet of Croxton (but still part of Fulmodeston Parish). The test pits were dug as as part of the Independent Learning Archaeology Field School (ILAFS) programme, formally known as the Higher Education Field Academy (HEFA), 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.

The earliest pottery excavated from the Fulmodeston test pits dated to the high medieval and was recorded from one test pit (FUL/18/11), situated in a moated area and opposite St John the Baptist Chapel in Croxton. The results suggest that these two sites were contemporary during the 12th century, and most likely along with the original church of St Mary's in Fulmodeston, set to the south of the crossroads. A single test pit (FUL/18/10) along Croxton Road also yielded just two sherds of late medieval pottery, which hint at the start of a shift in the settlement to its current location. The development of Fulmodeston village as it is seen today around the crossroads, likely occurred during the post medieval onto what was probably fields bounded by the River Stiffkey in the north, with virtually all the test pits producing pottery of a 16th century date and later.