This year we have been test-pitting with a new project called Bosworth Links, in the town of Market Bosworth in west Leicestershire. Over one weekend in July, as part of the Festival of Archaeology, we dug two of the twenty-five test-pits excavated across the town. In all, over 200 volunteers, students and young archaeologists from the local community took part in the weekend, recovering a remarkable 8,534 individual finds ranging in date from the Early Bronze Age, some 3,500-4,500 years ago, to the present day.
The Project has produced a really great short film about the dig. One of our pits, Test-pit 7, is the first test-pit to feature in the film. Watch it above.
You can read about what we found here:
Test-pit 7 – full report (pdf)
Test-pit 19 – full report (pdf)
Or find out more about the project here: https://www2.le.ac.uk/services/ulas/discoveries/projects/community-archaeology-1/bosworth-links-dig-1-2017
Cast your minds back to the summer…
In July we spent a great weekend excavating two test-pits in Whitwick as part of Charnwood Root’s Whitwick Big Dig. Over the two days, one dry and sunny and one very wet, Club members excavated two test-pits in Whitwick Park. This was a great opportunity for our members to get involved in a real archaeological project and it was fantastic to help out with the Charnwood Roots Project again following our successes last year at Anstey.
Last weekend I was back in Whitwick to help reveal the results of the project to the excavation team and it was great to see some of our members amongst the crowd. Over the weekend, we managed to dig 29 test-pits across the village with the goal of exploring the nature of Whitwick’s settlement history and promote local history and heritage to the community.
Sadly, the excavations mostly yielded a mixture of modern and post-medieval artefacts and features and we have learnt very little about the village’s early history. Only 9 test-pits produced medieval pottery, but this includes the two excavated by LYAC which is great! The conclusion is that the medieval pottery in our pits has probably been deposited through manuring of fields surrounding the village. This is confirmed by the surviving earthworks of medieval ridge and furrow surrounding Test-Pit 11.
To learn more about what we discovered, download the Test Pit Reports for our two pits (below):
Whitwick Test Pit 10
Whitwick Test Pit 11
Also check out these two great films of the weekend produced by the Charnwood Roots Team. Look out for Club members and Branch Leader Steve being interviewed!
Again, we would like to say a big Thank You! to the Charnwood Roots Project for giving us this fantastic opportunity to take part in a great archaeological project. Next year the team will be digging in Rothley and we look forward to taking part!