Duckpool Archaeological Excavation 2017, Morwenstow, Cornwall (OASIS ID: cornwall2-287530)

Sean Taylor, 2018

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Duckpool Archaeological Excavation 2017, Morwenstow, Cornwall (OASIS ID: cornwall2-287530)

In January 2017 Cornwall Archaeological Unit (CAU) carried out an investigation of a Romano-British industrial site at Duckpool, Morwenstow (NGR SS 2010 11634) on behalf of the National Trust. The site, which had first been identified by Richard Heard in 1983, was partially excavated by CAU in 1992.

The 2017 work was undertaken because the site is in danger of being lost through coastal erosion. It has extended the area of activity known from previous investigations and confirmed the wealth of material present on the site and revealed previously unknown features. While it has not produced conclusive evidence for the industrial activity taking place on the site, the lack of metallurgical material itself suggests that this activity may be either more varied than previously suggested, or not directly associated with metalworking after all.

Six phases of activity were identified, the earliest undated but possibly pre-Roman, followed by Romano-British, Romano-British or early medieval, early medieval, medieval, and modern phases. The bulk of the activity on the site was concentrated around phases 2 (Romano-British) and 3 (Romano-British or early medieval).