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Terrington St Clement 2009

Terrington St Clement 2009 Pottery Report

Terrington St Clement 2009 Test Pit Location Map

Eight test pits were excavated in Terrington St Clement in 2009, focussed on areas of the present village which had not previously seen test pit excavation by the HEFA CORS programme, in particular in the central-eastern part of the village, 100-600m south and west of the church. As in most previous HEFA excavations at Terrington St Clement, no material pre-dating the late Anglo-Saxon period was found, unsurprising in an area where the Roman and sub-Roman occupation horizons are mostly covered by recent inundation deposits up to 2m deep. Pottery of late Anglo-Saxon date was found in one 2009 pit (TSC/09/08), near the southern edge of the present village, where a total of six sherds, mostly from undisturbed levels, constitute good evidence for contemporary settlement on this site. It is interesting to note that this area is some distance from any other sites which have produce pottery, of ninth to eleventh century date, with several in between them having produced no material of this date. This invites speculation that the late Anglo-Saxon settlement in the area of the present village of Terrrington St Clement may have taken a rather dispersed form. In contrast, all but one of the 2009 pits (the exception being TSC/09/07) produced twelfth to fourteenth century pottery, pointing towards an expansion of settlement at this time. This settlement, on evidence from all pits excavated in 2005-9, seems to have extended for nearly 1km, as there is evidence for high medieval activity extending from TSC/09/08 right up to more than 500m beyond the church. At this length it seems unlikely that this represents a single nucleated village, although there is little evidence from the test pits excavated so far for any unoccupied areas within this spread, apart from in the area immediately south of the church.