Test Pit 8 - Flambards Green
This pit, together with test pits 7 and 19, was dug within an old moated area off Flambards Close that was once the site of a manor house. The moat was filled in when the houses were built, c. 1970. Information on the finds that emerged from this pit will be added in due course. In the meantime, the site diary and a selection of photographs is shown below.
Although not as productive as Test Pit 7, which was dug at the eastern end of Flambards Green, all of the pottery from this pit was Saxo-Norman or earlier medieval, showing that people were using the site during the 11th to 14th centuries. It then seems to have been permanently abandoned after that time. This ties in with the findings from test pits 7 and 19 at the other end of the Green, and also with the research undertaken on our behalf by the Melbourn and District U3A Group.
The other finds from this test pit included coal, home modern glazed tile, fragments of shell, stone, substantial quantities of daub and a possible highly degraded coin in context six. The faunal assemblage included single bones of cow, pig and a small number of other unidentifiable remains.
For an overview of the site and finds, please click on the image of the exhibition poster which is the first image in the gallery below.
For detailed analysis of the finds, please see the results sheet for this pit, which is available as a download at the bottom of this page.
For reports and maps relating to all of the test pits, please see the documents available on our results page.
Got down to Context 3. Hit a chalk layer. Found bits of pottery. We enjoyed it.
Found lots of daub in Contexts 3 and 4. Lots of people came to watch. Not much found in Contexts 5 and 6, except a coin in Context 6.
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