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Walberswick 2014


Walberswick 2014 Pottery Report

Walberswick 2014 Test Pit Location Map


Nine test pits were excavated in Walberswick in 2014 by 29 Year 9 students from Sir John Leman School, Alde Valley School and Bungay High School. The test pitting was part of the Higher Education Field Academy (HEFA) programme undertaken by Access Cambridge Archaeology (ACA) in East Anglia, which aims to raise the aspirations, enthusiasm and attainment of 14-17 year-olds with regard to higher education by making a valuable contribution to current academic research at the University of Cambridge, and in the process contribute to the university's Currently Occupied Rural Settlements (CORS) research into the development of rural communities and settlements in the past.

The 2014 excavation sites were widely distributed across the village and complemented from the nine test pits that were excavated in 2013, bringing the total now excavated in the village to 18. Additional Roman pottery was this year found in the east of the village along Leveretts Lane and Ferry Road indicating some level of activity during this period. A number of pits produced pottery of late Saxon date, notably along the along the main routeway through the village (The Street), suggesting that this part of the present settlement was in existence at this time. The pottery evidence indicates that the village continued to thrive through the medieval period and in particular provided further evidence that Walberswick did not decline in the late medieval after  the Black Death in the 14th century, perhaps due to its status as a coastal trading settlement. A possible clay oven was recorded from the garden of a modern house set along The Street, although further work would be needed on this to determine its full function and date. In the post medieval period the village may have developed into the small fishing village that is still seen today.