The recent glorious weather saw members of the Somerset Heritage Service digging another test pit. This time we were digging on farmland on the Fairfield estate in Stogursey. The aim of the dig was to locate evidence of the medieval village which has since disappeared and in particular a building which shows up on an early map. Members of the Fairfield Research Group and local secondary school pupils helped with the dig, enabling them to get experience of trowelling, sieving and pot washing. The test pit revealed a possible building platform and finds included pottery sherds, clay tobacco pipes, nails and bits of mortar. Most exciting were some sherds of dark grey medieval pottery. Could this be evidence of medieval occupation?
Fieldwalking before the dig
Students digging the test pit