First update from Dr Richard Brunning

SLAP (alternative suggestions for the project will be gratefully received) has begun with 9 test pits being dug in 8 different properties. Many thanks to all those who have cheerfully volunteered their gardens and helped to force recalcitrant clay through sieves! Thanks also for the gifts of pears, apples and jam. Obviously a good year for fruit.

 The results have been very varied, as is only to be expected in an area that has had such a long history of occupation. In some places the presence of former farmyards has restricted finds to the last 200 years. Medieval pottery has been found on the majority of locations and in several places there seems to have been a gradual build up of soil over a thousand years. We think that pottery from some gardens pre dates the Norman Conquest, taking us back to the Saxon origins of the settlement.

 The test pits were dug down to the ‘natural’ – the weathered Mercia Mudstone that forms Lyng peninsula. This depth varied from just 50cm at the village hall to over 1.45m at Fairburn. These results have shown that the build up of deposits in Lyng is a lot more complicated than it might appear and that there are numerous interesting changes in height across the village.

 What happens next?

We will try and arrange a couple of dates for those people whose gardens were only available over the weekends. Once that is done we intend to arrange a finds day to give people the opportunity to help wash the finds from the test pits and get the opinion of a medieval pottery expert on the date and meaning of the pottery. It may also be possible to bring along the material that has previously been discovered in Lyng for comparison.

 There seems to be interest in more work so we could do more test pits next spring and perhaps have an Anglo-Saxon day to bring a taste of Alfred’s time back to Lyng.

 The work is part of the ‘Lost Islands of Somerset’ project funded by the Somerset Levels and Moors Action Group with investment by Somerset County Council, SWRDA, Defra, Leader and the European Union.

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21 Sep 2011, 06:38
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