Ranson, C., (2013). Archaeological Test Pit Excavations in Potton, Bedfordshire, 2012. University of Cambridge: Access Cambridge Archaeology.

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Archaeological Test Pit Excavations in Potton, Bedfordshire, 2012
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Access Cambridge Archaeology unpublished report series
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https://doi.org/10.5284/1042148
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This report presents the results of the 'Dig and Sow' programme of excavation of 27 1m square archaeological 'test pits' in the Bedfordshire town of Potton in the spring of 2012. The excavations were part of 'On Landguard Point' an arts project funded by Arts Council England via its 'Artists taking the Lead' programme for the Cultural Olympiad of the London 2012 Olympic Games. Over a single day, nearly 30 people took part in the excavations in Potton which produced thousands of finds and provided new evidence for the development of settlement in the area from the prehistoric period onwards. The prehistoric activity in Potton was mainly in the form of flint tool production potentially from the Mesolithic period onwards with small scatters of lithics recorded from the test pits along the Potton Brook. No Roman or Anglo Saxon finds were recorded but a number of medieval finds were recorded as the village grew after the Norman Conquest. The Black Death made potentially only a slight impact on the settlement, but the village survived and grew into the town that can be seen today through the post medieval period. By successfully involving members of the public of all ages and backgrounds from within, across and beyond the community of Potton in planning, organising and undertaking the excavations, the 'Dig and Sow' excavations enabled participants to find out more about their local heritage, take part in the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad and enjoy a community event while generating new evidence to inform understanding of the past development of their homes, their community and its wider landscape.
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C Ranson
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Access Cambridge Archaeology
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Historic England (OASIS Reviewer)
Central Bedfordshire HER (OASIS Reviewer)
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2013
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Site: Potton
County: BEDFORDSHIRE
District: MID BEDFORDSHIRE
Parish: POTTON
Country: England
Grid Reference: 522500, 249500 (Easting, Northing)
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Find: ANIMAL BONE Modern
Find: ANIMAL BONE Post Medieval
Find: CBM Post Medieval
Find: CLAY PIPE Post Medieval
Find: COIN Modern
Find: GLASS Post Medieval
Find: LITHICS Bronze Age
Find: LITHICS Mesolithic
Find: LITHICS Neolithic
Find: METAL NAILS Post Medieval
Find: POTTERY Medieval
Find: POTTERY Modern
Find: POTTERY Post Medieval
Monus: ASH PIT Post Medieval
Monus: COBBLE SURFACE Modern
Monus: CONDIUT Modern
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OASIS Id: accessca1-276793
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A4, comb bound, 120 pages
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18 Aug 2017
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