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Hindringham 2014

Hindringham 2014 Test Pit Location Map

Hindringham 2014 Pottery Report


In July 2014, 11 archaeological test pits were excavated in Hindringham by 50 Year 9, 10 and 12 students from Fakenham Academy, Cromer Academy, Sheringham Sixth Form College, Paston Sixth Form College, Litcham School, Alderman Peel High School and Reepham High School. The test pitting in 2014 was a follow up to the 2007 dig, bringing the total so far dug in the village to 22 and the 2014 test pits were sited in three clusters through the north-south length of the village.

The first Romano-British and Early Anglo Saxon settlement was recorded in 2014 through the test pitting from HIN/14/11 and HIN/14/8 respectively that were both also recorded in the south of the village and may hint at occupation on or close to site. Late Anglo Saxon activity was however spread through the village, including a number of outlying farmsteads and suggesting that the village was quite dispersed in nature even during the 9th century, and for the first time Late Saxon pottery was recorded from the far north of the village at HIN/14/2. This pattern of settlement continued through the medieval, although there is some evidence of shift after the Norman Conquest, particularly in the north of the village, otherwise the core of the village was seen to expand at this time. The various socio-economic factors of the 14th century, including the Black Death, caused Hindringham to severely contract toward the south with several areas also being abandoned at this time, in both the village core and outlying sites. The village recovered well during the post medieval, with a lot of new farmsteads appearing as well as re-settlement within the village, although it still remained a small rural settlement, the majority of what can be seen today is 20th century infill development.