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Thursday, 11 April 2013

Fairstead’s distant past uncovered by archeological dig


Pottery has been discovered during a community archeological dig.

West Norfolk and King’s Lynn Archaeology Society kicked off its summer programme of digs with a session in King’s Reach, Fairstead.

Ten people helped to dig 10 shovel test pits.

Chairman Clive Bond said: “From an initial overview of finds we managed to recover an assortment of brick, tile, pottery, including some white porcelain which dates between the 18th and 19th century, along with coal and charcoal. These indicate a ploughed parcel of land, which could be part of the medieval or post-medieval field system.

“This system may relate to parts of the Gaywood/Mintlyn Commons.”

The society hopes to return to Fairstead later in the year.

The next field work weekend is at Gayton on Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28.

Gayton Hall, off Back Street, will be the base and with a test pit at the Crown Inn also to be excavated.

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