Ranson, C. and Pryor, A., (2016). Archaeological test pit excavations in Peakirk, Cambridgeshire in 2012. University of Cambridge: Access Cambridge Archaeology.

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Archaeological test pit excavations in Peakirk, Cambridgeshire in 2012
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https://doi.org/10.5284/1038963
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This report presents the results of the 'Dig and Sow' programme of excavation of 27 1m2 archaeological 'test pits' in the North Cambridgeshire village of Peakirk in the early spring of 2012, as well as a second dig with local school children as part of the University of Cambridge's Higher Education Field Academy. The initial 'Dig and Sow' 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. The aim of 'Dig and Sow' was to enable members of the public to experience places familiar to them in a new way by excavating in private gardens and other open spaces within living East Anglian communities, searching for archaeological evidence left by people who lived in those communities in the past. Over a single day, over 30 people took part in the excavations in Peakirk which produced thousands of finds and provided new evidence for the development of settlement in the area from the Roman period onwards. The concentration of Roman archaeology from the test pits points to a rural settlement, perhaps a villa within the newly drained fens. Activity of the current village was then noted around St Pega's Chapel in the north of Peakirk, but a couple of centuries after the chapel was thought to have been established, in the Late Saxon period only. The village then expanded into the medieval period, again mainly focused in the north, but also spreading further south for the first time and was not greatly affected by the presence of the Black Death in the fens as little evidence for contraction was noted during the excavations. The village expanded again into the 16th century, reaching its peak by the 19th century.
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C Ranson
A Pryor
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Access Cambridge Archaeology
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Historic England (OASIS Reviewer)
Peterborough City Council HER (OASIS Reviewer)
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2016
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Site: Peakirk
County: CAMBRIDGESHIRE
District: PETERBOROUGH
Parish: PEAKIRK
Country: England
Grid Reference: 516900, 306600 (Easting, Northing)
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Find: ANIMAL BONE Medieval
Find: ANIMAL BONE Modern
Find: ANIMAL BONE Post Medieval
Find: CBM Uncertain
Find: CLAY PIPE Post Medieval
Find: GLASS Uncertain
Find: IRON NAILS Post Medieval
Find: POTTERY Early Medieval
Find: POTTERY Medieval
Find: POTTERY Modern
Find: POTTERY Post Medieval
Find: POTTERY Roman
Monus: NONE None
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OASIS Id: accessca1-243899
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A4, double sided, 120 pages
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01 Feb 2018
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