Community digs

When Pirton’s part in Carenza’ project came to an end in 2012 the community digs continued   as Gil Burleigh  explains in an article in the parish magazine;

The students and volunteers from Pirton and local archaeological societies have been digging test pits one metre square, recording the finds in chronological layers. Carenza and her team, including Paul Blinkhorn, one of the regular pottery experts from Time Team, have been on hand to supervise the digging and identify the finds. Those in Pirton have included Bronze Age pottery, an Iron Age brooch, fine Roman pottery, and an Anglo Saxon quern which was used for grinding corn.

Since 2007, we have dug over 100 pits, more than in any of the other settlements being studied. Work up until now has provided an outline of the development of Pirton, but much more needs to be done to provide a clearer picture. There are large areas of the village where we have not yet dug many pits and there are others where we have not dug any.

2012 Volunteers getting ready to survey the house platform in the foreground, with help from the horses.

2012 Volunteers getting ready to survey the house platform in the foreground, with help from the horses.

2012 Sometimes the pits get very deep!

2012 Sometimes the pits get very deep!

2013.Gil Burleigh

2013.Gil Burleigh actually getting his hands dirty at Three Gables where we found evidence of the missing hall and crosswing of the house.

2013 Young helpers washing the finds.

2013 Young helpers washing the finds.

 

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