Histon and Impington Village Society Archaeology Group
Download this report as a PDF (good for printing): HistonImpingtonBigDigMay2016
May Pottery report from Time Time’s Paul Blinkhorn PotteryreportHisImp1415May2016
Your committee are pleased to announce that over 80 people came to enjoy taking part in an extremely successful first BIG DIG on a fine and mostly sunny weekend. We excavated eight test pits – all surprisingly different in character, emphasizing the varied archaeology and geology underlying the villages and the desirability of getting to understand it better. Interesting finds were made of all periods from Bronze Age and Roman, with a wide selection of medieval pottery and later glazed and Victorian items.
A party atmosphere soon developed and all were unanimous in saying how very much they were enjoying making new friends in the village and with our outside helpers from Chesterton, St Ives, Huntingdon and Spain. Warmest thanks to the test pit providers, who bravely let us dig their lawns up and were so generous in their support with cake and drinks.
Our success was in a large part due to the expert supervision, help and advice of the three experienced excavators supervising us: John Stanford, Field Director of the Fen Edge Archaeology Group, Paul Clarkson who has done much field work and Terry Dymott, Field Director of the Cambridge Archaeology Field Group. Thank you all.
Thanks also to our committee members Jane, Lynn, Alison, Roger and Steve who have worked hard to contact and visit people and distribute and collect all the equipment.
After the digging we met at the St Audrey’s Close Community Centre where Nick Gilmour of Oxford Archaeology East kindly came to examine and discuss the finds. As well as the variety of finds, he was very impressed by the amount of digging and sieving that had been done, and some of the depths achieved, particularly where the soil was hardest.
The main lesson learnt was the need for an early start, so that time is left for those last few more packed deep layers where the very oldest finds are made. Also the need for strong men to dig into the clay-based areas of the villages. One secret of success is the thoroughness of the sieving – finding everything you can – and we have been very good at this.
The pottery and bone finds will now be sent off for expert identification and dating, leading to the preparation of a full report in due course.
The next digging weekend is 18/19 June, when we will explore some more areas of the village. If you enjoyed this week, we do hope you would like to come again so that we can benefit from your help and experience. If you know of anyone else who would like to come and be involved, do please put them in touch on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07539 222469. We are also planning to dig on 16/17 July and 6/7 August.
David Oates 16th May 2016.