I am pleased to announce the following publication
Mudd, A., Cobain, S. and Haines, C. 2018 A Medieval Building and its Contents at Island Farm, Ottery St Mary, East Devon: excavations in 2014, Internet Archaeology 47.
Excavations by Cotswold Archaeology in advance of housing development on land at Island Farm, Ottery St Mary, Devon, examined archaeological remains that included what is interpreted as a medieval longhouse (c. AD 1250–1350) that had been destroyed by fire.
The evidence included the charred remains of timbers and deposits of charcoal and other botanical remains. The identifications and spatial arrangements of this material are used to suggest the materials employed in the construction of the building, together
with its contents, which included a variety of crops stored in the chamber.
has provided unusual detail of the types of wood used in the construction of the building, principally oak for the timber framing and alder and willow for the wattle panelling, and of the composition of the stored harvest, which included oats, wheat, rye,
barley, broad beans, peas and vetches.
longhouse has similarities with others known from Devon, although the interpretation of partial timber-framing appears to be unique in the archaeological record from the county. The crops identified provide physical evidence of what is recorded in historical
documents, but also suggest others, such as the composition of fodder. This report includes primary data on the botanical remains to allow readers to interrogate the information for further (and perhaps different) insights.
Other finds include fragments derived from the repair of copper-alloy vessels, an axe-head, and a
Bronze Age palstave (found in association with a large group of medieval metalwork - probably collected as scrap metal but possibly kept as a curio or charm).
-->And since announcing the publication on Twitter, I have already been informed me that Double-looped Palstaves are pretty much only known in Somerset and Iberia so it is possible that this may be the first of its kind from Devon! Got to love that
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