Following a very successful 2017, we were excited to begin work on the first of our larger excavations in May 2018, finally moving our investigations into the Mill Field and the core of the shrunken medieval village at Thornton le Street.
We opened a series of trenches, aiming to answer questions about a number of different parts of the site. From the start of the project, we have wanted to investigate the causeway through the middle of the village remains. It has been claimed that the causeway was the line of a Roman road, though other more recent research has suggested other routes in the vicinity of the village. We opened a large trench that excavated through the causeway in the hope of providing a definitive answer. After a lot of very hard digging by a dedicated team of volunteers, we were able to piece together the sequence of the causeway, showing that it was associated with the medieval and post-medieval occupation on the site, and no trace of a Roman road surface could be found.