Building on the success and enthusiasm of the July test pitting weekend, we concluded the summer of 2017 with a week of excavations in and around the village. Historic England agreed to extend our permission to investigate the scheduled remains of the medieval village, and so the main focus for the week was investigating the road frontage – hopefully we would find the remains of medieval houses. What we actually discovered was the old line of the medieval road; we now know that the modern road was moved from its original course at a much later date!
We also opened a series of further test pits in and around the village, and also at the still-enigmatic ‘moated site’ a few kilometres away. Hundreds of small finds mean we are now really starting to understand which parts of the landscape were occupied at different times. Everyone seemed to have great fun, and the volunteers (and staff) really enjoyed the ‘Indian Summer’ weather.