|Sunday October 04, 2015||Department of Archaeology >|
XArch Project: Samford Peverell Archaeology Group
The Archaeology Group in Sampford Peverell is part of the Sampford Peverell Society, and has been exploring our unwritten heritage since 2004.
In both we found flints, (the nearest flint is at Beer,) slag from Iron Age forges, mediaeval pottery and such items as fragments of clay pipe. Having established that our parish has been continuously inhabited since Neolithic times, we turned our attention in three other directions.
Figure 1: Digging a 1m pit in a garden
Figure 2 (right): Round field is suggestive of an Iron Age hill fort
(There are more amateur pilots about than you would think possible. We found that the way to get our pilots involved was to play on the fact that they have to get flying hours in maintain their licenses. Flying for a purpose is much more interesting than stooging around the sky).
2. Lee Ditch. In one of the more remote areas of our parish, (a very beautiful place too) there is a deserted farmstead. Its last inhabitant is reputed to have committed suicide in the early 20th century. Initial explorations have laid bare an area of extensive cobbles, (Figure 5) so we feel a more thorough examination will give us a feel for the way subsistence farming ran at a time of great West Country poverty. Sampford is next door to Halberton where Canon Girdlestone unearthed poverty to equal anything found in Ireland at that time, (See W G Hoskins’ entry for Halberton in his “Devon”).
Figure 5: Revealing a cobbled surface at Lee Ditch
The XArch project undertook two geophysical surveys with the Sampford Peverell Archaeology Group. The results of these two surveys can be found here:
Department of Archaeology, Laver Building, North Park Road, Exeter, Devon, UK EX4 4QE
The University of Exeter, The Queen’s Drive, Exeter, Devon, UK EX4 4QJ
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