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Cate Davies

The Balsham Village Feast

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PCA would like to thank the organisers of the Balsham Feast ( particularly Richard and Debbie) for inviting us to participate in this event.

We were given a great space in the Village Hall for our display and PCA staff had a busy time answering questions and explaining what we had found in the village to local residents.

We enjoyed the day immensely; Mark was particularly impressed by the teddy bear parachuting from the church tower which looked terrifying, Tom and Judy liked the Owls, Tegan wanted a donkey ride but sadly missed her opportunity and Kat just overwhelmed by the whole spectacle!

The Balsham Village Feast – a reminder!

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Mark Hinman and a team from PCA’s Cambridge office  will be attending the Balsham Feast tomorrow, 2 July, to host a display of findings from excavations at The High Street, Balsham sponsored by Hill Group and Linton Road sponsored by Matthew Homes And RPS Consulting.

We found evidence of activity in Balsham from the Mesolithic to the Post-Medieval period, including the first Roman remains found in the village, most notably a previously unknown Roman road, associated long-lived settlement and a Late Roman coin hoard of 560 coins.

More details here: https://www.balsham.net/events/event/balsham-feast/

Excavating the coin hoard.

Balsham Village Feast – an exhibition on 2 July

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On Saturday 2 July we’ll have a stall at the Balsham Village Feast in Cambridgeshire, with a display of finds from the two excavations we’ve undertaken in the village.

During the course of the excavations we identified activity dating from the Mesolithic to the Post-Medieval period. On the High Street we found evidence for the prehistoric and Saxon development of the village, while our excavation on Linton Road unearthed the Balsham’s first ever Roman remains.

The principal result of our excavation on Linton Road was the identification of a previously unknown rural Roman road running parallel to Worsted Street and an associated, long-lived roadside settlement. The trackway was laid out in the mid-1st century AD and continued in use up to at least the 4th century. The site was rich in metalwork, with high-status imported wares uncommon in rural sites in the region, indicating access to wider trade networks. Almost three hundred small finds were recorded during the excavations. In addition to these individual finds, a Late Roman coin hoard was unearthed in a small pit.

Together, the sites illustrate how the village has seen occupation from at least as early as the Bronze age until the present day. We have a prime spot in the Village Hall which will be weather-proof but hopefully the sun will shine – come and see what we found!

The coin hoard in situ with a detail of one of the coins. Most of the coins within the pit were found arranged in loose stacks, indicating deposition in a series of textile rouleaux that have since decayed in the soil. All but three post-date AD 330; the earlier coins, however, are of a similar size and are likely to have circulated at the same time as their later counterparts. Most of the coins in the hoard are ‘Fallen Horseman’ nummi of the House of Constantine, issued in the late AD 340s and 350s; these include a combination of official ‘regular’ nummi and a much higher proportion of unofficial ‘irregular’ nummi. The hoard was probably buried in the period AD 355-364.

Brockley Garden Archaeology at Hilly Fields Summer Fayre

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Have you got a little pile of garden treasures?

Bring them to Hilly Fields Summer Fayre in Brockley on Saturday 25 June from 12 noon to 5pm!

We will have a stall with archaeologists and finds specialists ready to answer questions about your personal garden treasure and about archaeology in London and beyond.

A selection of finds from Bermondsey Abbey and other monastic sites we have excavated in London will also be on display at the stall.

Click here for more details!

Ferry Island, Tottenham Hale Open Day

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The open day last week at our Ferry Island excavation in Tottenham Hale was a resounding success. So far we’ve found a probable east-west aligned palaeochannel which has been recut by a medieval ditch, along with multiple other medieval ditches, pits and postholes attesting to late medieval and then early post-medieval land-use and settlement. There is also some background prehistoric activity attested to by lithic finds.

Our specialists were there with a display of finds, the sun shone and a great day was had by all!

Archaeology Open Day!

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On Wednesday the 15th of June, from 1-4pm, we will be hosting an open day at our Ferry Island excavation, by Tottenham Hale Station.

Come and see the excavation and talk to the archaeologists about their exciting discoveries!
This event is free of charge.

Access via Station Road, N17 9LR. Sturdy footwear is advised.

Student work experience

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Sam from Eltham College has just completed his work experience at our London office. PCA were recommended to him by Orpington and District Archaeological Society (ODAS) of which he is a member.

He was a pleasure to work with and this is what he has said of his time with us:

It has given me a good insight into working for an archaeological company. I was involved in assisting with processing finds (washing pottery and bones as well as boxing different samples in order of context numbers) and sifting through environmental samples (finding and identifying bits of bones, flint, shell, pottery and many other materials) from archaeological sites. I enjoyed working with such friendly people who made me feel most welcome.

In the future, I am considering studying archaeology, geology, palaeontology or physical geography at university. I chose PCA because your company has a very good reputation in the industry and I wanted to gain expert experience from well-regarded professionals. 

Here are some photos I took during my work experience:

Postponed – Arbor City Hotel Open Day

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We’re sorry to say that due to insurmountable logistical problems we are having to delay the Open Day at McAleer & Rushe’s Arbor City Hotel site in London Aldgate for a short time. Once we are back on site we will update you with the new date. We are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

Roman roadside settlement in County Durham

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Scott, Andy, Katie and Adam from the Durham office have been busy excavating a section of Roman road in County Durham. The finds so far, including this Roman pot sherd, indicate this could potentially be a Roman roadside settlement. We’ll keep you updated!

Arbor City Hotel Aldgate ‘find of the week’

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Green glazed pottery is among the most important (and frequently encountered) finds from medieval/early post medieval sites in London. This is because detailed knowledge of variations in pottery over time make it an extremely valuable dating tool! This beautiful example of a Surrey-Hampshire border whiteware dish is no. 14 in our ‘find of the week’ series from McAleer & Rushe’s site at Arbor City Hotel. Our specialist has dated it to the late 16th-century based on the mottled glaze and the thickening on the underside of the flat rim. 

The post-medieval Surrey-Hampshire border-ware industry developed from the medieval Surrey whiteware potting tradition. During these periods there were potteries making such wares at several locations on the borders of both counties. Both red- and whiteware were made in the post-medieval period, with finer wares produced before c. 1550 and sandier wares after that date. Whiteware continued to be made up to c. 1700, with chamber pots and a few other forms still in production for 50 more years, while redware continued to be manufactured into the early 20th century.