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Garboldisham 2014

Garboldisham 2014 Test Pit Location Map

Garboldisham 2014 Pottery Report


10 Archaeological test pits were excavated in Garboldisham in April 2014, to follow of from the previous excavations in the village in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and brought the total number excavated in the village to 44. The test pits were dug by 39 Year 9 and 10 students from The King Edward VI School, Hartismere School and Thetford Academy and were sited through the core of the village, in between previous years excavations as well as an additional test pit in Smallworth.

A large sherd of Late Bronze Age pottery was recovered from a test pit in the north of the village (GAR/14/2) that was also sited close to previous Bronze Age activity (GAR/11/3) and implies that this area was likely utilised during the Late Bronze Age for settlement. Activity through the village was then recorded during the Roman period with an additional three test pits also producing Romano-British pottery and adding to the particular concentration of activity that was noted through the test pitting to the north of the A1066. GAR/14/2 and GAR/14/7 yielded Late Anglo Saxon activity which supported what was found previously with a cluster of settlement around the areas of the two churches as the original village core. Activity during the medieval period expanded, including settlement for the first time at more outlying sites, such as at GAR/14/1, a lot of which were then subsequently abandoned during the socio-economic upheavals of the 14th century, including the Black Death. Settlement shifted to the south at this time as well as being abandoned, but activity was also recorded in the hamlet of Smallworth for the first time at GAR/14/10. Occupation expanded greatly through the post medieval, although the settlement remained a small rural village, the layout of what can still be seen today was visible at least from the 19th century. A lot of Garboldisham today is 20th century development.