Excavation at Cocks Farm, Abinger 2016

An 8th season of excavation in the current project took place in the field adjacent to the known Roman villa. Two trenches were sited to both pick up and clarify features found in 2015 and to explore magnetic anomalies to the NE of the 2015 trench. The smaller of the trenches to the west of the main trench uncovered just the base of the IA enclosure ditch and the lower 60cm of a storage pit, confirming the loss of archaeological features to erosion on the western slope of the field. The main trench revealed activity from the Bronze Age, in the form of a cremation deposit, through two Iron Age subcircular enclosure ditches, 29 storage pits ( the burned grain from one giving a C14 date of approximately 50BC) to Roman boundary palisades, ditches and agricultural gullies which may represent a vineyard on this south-facing slope. Post-medieval activity is represented by several bovid burials excavated on the eastern side of the trench, with a C14 date of 1660 AD+.

A full interim report by site director, Emma Corke, can be found in Bulletin 461; this is now available on the website or or bu clicking here.  Click on the links to access three information posters displayed at the 2017 Surrey Archaeological Society symposium in February 2017. 

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