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Hillington 2017

Hillington 2017 Test Pit Location Map

Hillington 2017 Test Pit Pottery Report


The 2017 excavations in Hillington were undertaken in March where a total of 8 1m square test pits were excavated by 29 Years 9, 10 and 12 students from Kings Lynn Academy, King Edward VII Academy and Springwood High School 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, 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.

These 8 test pits add to the 18 pits already excavated through the village in 2015 and 2016 and brings the total up to 26 and were sited at Up Hall in the far south of the village as well as along the southern edge of the A148. For the first time Late Bronze Age pottery was found from test pits away from the church at HIL/17/4 and also for the first time evidence for Iron Age activity in the village was recorded from HIL/17/6 from an open field to the south of the A148. No Roman evidence was recorded but also for the first time there was evidence for Early Anglo Saxon activity in the north of the village that continued through to the Middle Anglo Saxon period from HIL/17/5 and HIL/17/4 respectively and hints that the earliest focus of the village may have been close to the current A148 rather than perhaps where the church now stands. The rest of the 2017 results supported what had already been found in the previous years with the settlement expanding greatly into the Late Anglo Saxon period and through the high medieval, also extending for the first time west along the A148 with the location of the new test pits for 2017. The village contracted greatly during the 14th century due to the various socio-economic factors of that time and it seems that after that if has always remained small. It was the presence of the railway in the 19th century that once again bought people to the settlement.