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Excavations at Lawn Farm – Medieval Moated Site

19th July 1999

Progress report: More evidence of the original construction methods

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Towards the end of the excavation all details are carefully measured and recorded.

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Trench 1: The stony layer around the ‘dovecote’ is now thought to be debris from its collapse. Under the blue board you can see the original foundations.

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Trench 1: Close to the ‘Dovecote’ we have found some post holes, possibly used for timber scaffolding during its construction. This hole is approximately 40cm deep.

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Here you can see fragments of the 12th-13th century high status pottery found in the gulley in trench 1.

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Trench 2: Alison Parkes cleans up what is thought to be a small oven.

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Trench 2: Can you see the gap between this stone structure and the lower cobbled layer? This may indicate that the stone structure is of later construction.

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Senior Archaeologist Bill Klemperer (left) stands with Dr John Hunt, a medieval expert, who concurred with the archaeologists interpretation that the circular stone structure in Trench 1 was probably a ‘dovecote’. The original height may have been up to 5 metres, about 2/3 of the height of the electric pole just behind.