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Holme on Spalding Moor Community Archaeology Project

PastSearch is pleased to be working with the HOSM Local History Society to set up this Community Archaeology Project.

The project is being launched in 2014 with a series of Test Pits which will be excavated in members gardens in a number of locations around the village.

It is also planned that the project will continue throughout the following years by excavating a fuller site.

 

Phase 1 – Test Pits 2014

There are currently 7 members of the HOSM Local History Society who are allowing a Test Pit to be excavated in their gardens this year.

When they have all been completed a report will be written.

A summary of results from each pits can be found below, as they are dug.

Test Pit 1 – Chestnut Drive, 10 March 2014

3 - TP1 - 10 March 2013         TP1 Sections

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TP Dimensions: 1m x 1m

TP Depth: 80cm

Natural Encountered at: 80cm Below Ground Level

Excavated Layers: Topsoil; Subsoil

No. of Archaeological Features: 0

Collected Material: Brick, Pottery, Coal Fragments

Although no archaeological features were found, a couple of medieval pottery sherds were collected from the topsoil.  These may be associated with a known kiln located nearby.

Test Pit 2 – Holme Close, 21 April 2014

13 - TP2, 21 Apr 2014TP2 Sect

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18 - TP2 Finds

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TP Dimensions: 1m x 1m

TP Depth: 50cm

Natural Encountered at: 50cm Below Ground Level

Excavated Layers: Topsoil; Subsoil

No. of Archaeological Features: 0

Collected Material: Pottery, Coal Fragments, Glass, Cu Al Object, Flint/Chert

Although no archaeological features were found, medieval pottery sherds was collected from the topsoil,  which may be associated with a known kiln located nearby.

 

Test Pit 3 – Selby Road, 9 May 2014

Test Pit 3TP3 Sect

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TP Dimensions: 1m x 1m

TP Depth: 50cm

Natural Encountered at: 50cm Below Ground Level

Excavated Layers: Topsoil; Subsoil; Burnt Deposit

No. of Archaeological Features: 0

Collected Material: Pottery, Coal Fragments

Although no archaeological features were found, a substantial quantity of medieval pottery sherds was collected from the subsoil,  which may be associated with a known kiln located nearby.  A burnt deposit was also encountered within the subsoil, an environmental sample was collected.

Test Pit 4 – Old Road Allotment, 23 May 2014

Test Pit 4TP4 Sect

TP Dimensions: 1m x 1m

TP Depth: 80cm

Natural Encountered at: 55cm Below Ground Level

Excavated Layers: Topsoil; Subsoil; Buried Topsoil?

No. of Archaeological Features: 0

Collected Material: Pottery, Coal Fragments, Cu Alloy object

 

Test Pit 5 – Moor End, 30 May 2014

Test Pit 5TP5 Sect

TP Dimensions: 1m x 1m

TP Depth: 90cm

Natural Encountered at: 70cm Below Ground Level

Excavated Layers: Topsoil; Subsoil; Buried Topsoil?

No. of Archaeological Features: 0

Collected Material: Pottery, CBM, coal fragments

 

Test Pit 6 – Runner End, 31 May 2014

Test Pit 6TP6 Sect

TP Dimensions: 1m x 1m

TP Depth: 1m

Natural Encountered at: 95cm Below Ground Level

Excavated Layers: Topsoil; Subsoil; Buried Topsoil?

No. of Archaeological Features: 1 – Modern Pit

Collected Material: Pottery, CBM, Coal Fragments

Here we had an archaeological feature, and although it was a modern pit, still good to have located.  This has been the deepest test pit so far, and pottery was found in the earliest layer.

Test Pit 7 – Holly Bank Close, 5 June 2014

Test Pit 7TP7 Sect

TP Dimensions: 1m x 1m

TP Depth: 75cm

Natural Encountered at: 50cm Below Ground Level

Excavated Layers: Topsoil; Accumulation Layer; Buried Topsoil

No. of Archaeological Features: 0

Collected Material: Pottery, CBM, Coal Fragments

This location is a new estate within the village, it was hoped that a feature which had been observed during archaeological monitoring on an adjoining development would be encountered here, but this was not to be.

It was interesting to see how the land has built upin such a short period of time, as the original topsoil had been buried below an accumulation layer, created by the building of the estate.  This had in turn been sealed by a new layer of topsoil for the garden, raising the ground level  by at least 30cm.