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Hindringham 2015

Hindringham 2015 Test Pit Location Map

Hindringham 2015 Test Pit Pottery Report


In June 2015, 11 archaeological test pits were excavated in Hindringham as a follow up from the 2007 and 2014 test pitting in the village and bringing the total number excavated to 33. A total of 44 Year 9 and Year 12 students took part in the excavations from Alderman Peel School, Reepham High School, Fakenham High School, Litcham High School and Cromer Academy. The 2015 test pits were again sited the length of the village, as well as in-between the previous years test pit sites.

In 2015, the first Middle Anglo Saxon pottery was recorded from the test pitting in Hindringham, one sherd of which was found in the south of the village and suggests that this area continued with occupation from the Romano-British and Early Anglo Saxon periods (HIN/15/3). A second sherd however was also recorded from further north (HIN/15/9), and just north of the church and certainly hints at the origins of the settlement as well as activity around the church from the 8th century onwards. Both these areas also continued with Late Saxon activity, as the village began to develop as well as connecting the two separate areas, which continued through the high medieval period. As previously noted from the test pitting however was the severe contraction of the settlement during the 14th century, due to the Black Death as well as other socio-economic upheavals, but the 2015 pits yielded more in the way of late medieval pottery than had previously been found from five of the test pits and hints that perhaps the village was not as badly hit as previously thought. The village expanded and grew through the post medieval, taking the layout that can still be seen today, although it has remained a small rural settlement.