Medieval archaeological find in Gloucestershire

Archaeologists working in the historic Cotswold market town of Winchcombe have uncovered remains dating back to the thirteenth century.

A team from Cotswold Archaeology, based in Kemble, have recently completed a month-long archaeological excavation on the site in Cowl Lane. The site is to be developed into eight new Cotswold stone houses by local building firm, N J Smith Builders for the P. B. Royle Trust.

“The site is one of the most interesting excavations in a Cotswold town for many years. Analysis of the artefacts recovered from the site will allow us to build a real picture of life for the inhabitants of Winchcombe in the 13th and 14th centuries” commented Hannah Smalley of archaeological consultants CgMs Consulting.

The excavation uncovered more than 40 large pits dug to the rear of the medieval houses, dating back more than 700 years, which were used for the disposal of household rubbish by the inhabitants, as well as evidence for the old property boundaries dating back to the original foundation and setting out of the town a thousand years ago. Large quantities of medieval pottery and animal bone have been recovered as well as evidence for metalworking.

Nigel Smith of N J Smith Builders commented “It is fascinating to see the history of your town uncovered and to understand the lives of the townspeople from many centuries ago. ”

The archaeological works carried out by Cotswold Archaeology were required as a condition on the planning permission for the site and were managed by Cheltenham-based archaeological consultants CgMs Consulting on behalf of the developer.

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Source: Cotswold Archaeology

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