Collins, C. (2018). Archaeological Test Pit Excavations in Willingham, Cambridgeshire, 2009 and 2013. University of Cambridge: Access Cambridge Archaeology. https://doi.org/10.5284/1057598. Cite this using datacite

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Archaeological Test Pit Excavations in Willingham, Cambridgeshire, 2009 and 2013
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Two, two-day test pit excavations were undertaken in the village of Willingham in south Cambridgeshire between October 2009 and July 2013. In that time a total of 34 1m2 archaeological test pits were excavated as part of first a community excavation and then a schools focused project and undertaken by local residents, volunteers, pupils at Willingham Primary School and member of the Fen Edge Archaeology Group and the second dig with 32 school pupils from four local secondary schools as part of the Higher Education Field Academy (HEFA) programme run by Access Cambridge Archaeology (ACA) out of the Department of Archaeology at the University of Cambridge. Evidence for later prehistoric and Romano-British settlement was recorded from a small number of test pits and suggests that not all the activity then was focused in the north of the parish, but extended south across where the current village is occupied. It was also recorded that settlement was continuous into the Early Anglo Saxon period, which was a precursor for the Middle Anglo Saxon settlement that had previously been excavated on the site of the Primary School and during the Late Anglo Saxon, the settlement drifted towards its medieval core along Church Street. Willingham was a known thriving settlement during the medieval period, with a strong connection to the Isle of Ely, particularly as it was also on the main routeway to the isle during the medieval period from Cambridge. Tax records show that the population of Willingham did not fall around the time of the Black Death, but actually increased, likely due to an influx of people from neighbouring villages that were harder hit. The later medieval pottery found from the test pits however does suggest small shifts in the settlement at that time, rather than areas of abandonment, and the village recovered quite rapidly during the post
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C Collins
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Cambridgeshire Historic Environment Record (OASIS Reviewer)
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2018
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Site: Willingham Big Dig
County: CAMBRIDGESHIRE
District: SOUTH CAMBRIDGESHIRE
Parish: WILLINGHAM
Country: England
Grid Reference: 540480, 270504 (Easting, Northing)
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BURNT STONE (Find) Late Prehistoric (GLL)
SHERD (Find) Early Medieval (GLL)
SHERD (Find) Late Prehistoric (GLL)
SHERD (Find) Medieval (GLL)
SHERD (Find) Modern (GLL)
SHERD (Find) Post Medieval (GLL)
SHERD (Find) Roman (GLL)
FLOOR (BRICK) (Monus) Post Medieval (GLL)
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A4, 125 pages, double sided
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13 Jan 2020
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