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Bramford 2012

Bramford 2012 Pottery Report

Bramford 2012 Test Pit Location Map

Nine test pits were dug in Bramford in 2012, five in gardens along The Street, three in the area north of the church and one at the west end of Vicarage Lane. The earliest pottery dated to the Roman period, recovered from BRA/12/05, at the southern end of The Street. There was only a single sherd found, so although this was of some size (32g), it is considered more likely to indicate low-intensity use such as arable rather than settlement.  Two pits produced Thetford Ware, with BRA/12/06 yielding two sherds from contexts which had not suffered recent disturbance, hinting  moderately strongly at the presence of settlement nearby. BRA/12/04 produced a single very small (3g) sherd of Thetford Ware, a less strong indicator of settlement, although it is interesting to note that this came from the eastern end of Ship Lane, near the church. Two of the three pits in this area (BRA/12/03 and BRA/12/04) produced pottery of high medieval date, suggesting that settlement may have clustered in this area at this time. Neither pit produced very large amounts of his material, however (five sherds from BRA/12/04 and just two from BRA/12/03). Similarly small volumes of high medieval pottery were recovered from BRA/12/06, off Vicarage Lane, hinting at settlement in this area, while BRA/12/09, right at the north end of The Street, produced just a single sherd (albeit quite large at 11g) probably indicating that this area was in use as arable fields at this time.

The only pits to produce significant amounts of later medieval pottery were BRA/12/03 and BRA/12/04, indicating that habitation on these sites, both immediately north of the church, seems to have continued and even flourished as both pits produced more material of this date then for the high medieval period. Settlement along The Street, if it was indeed absent in the late medieval period, was clearly re-established later, in the post medieval period, along at least the southern half of its present extent.