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Chediston 2011

Chediston 2011 Pottery Report

Chediston 2011 Test Pit Location Map

Eight pits were excavated in Chediston in 2011, bringing the total since 2006 to forty-seven. Areas investigated for the first time included Grove Farm, on the western fringes of Chediston Green, and Upper Farm, located c. 1km west of Chediston on the north side of the stream valley at c. 35m OD. Grove Farm produced seven sherds of high medieval date (CHE/11/08), but only a single tiny sherd (1g) of later medieval material, making it one of the few sites in the parish where late medieval contraction is indicated. Overall, the pattern of pottery retrieval suggests a pattern of dispersed settlement, possibly predominantly characterised by farmsteads, in the late Anglo-Saxon period, with a greater degree of clustering of settlement apparent in the high medieval period with activity focussing around the church and, most notably, at Chediston Green, which appears to come into existence at this time. Numerous outlying farms also yielded pottery for the first time in this period. In the later medieval period, there is no evidence for reduction in activity in most of the outlying farms, and the area around the church produces significantly more pottery than in the preceeding period. However, there is a discernable decline in the volume of pottery recovered from Chediston Green at this time, even more extreme if the finds from the three pits excavated in the area immediately around the late medieval kiln site are disregarded (on the grounds that these may be indicative of production rather than settlement).