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XArch Project: Brayford Community Archaeology Project
Brayford is a sparsely populated parish on the south west edge of Exmoor National Park. Until the 20th.century it was mainly populated by farmsteads and their associated agricultural workers. Now the number of agricultural workers has reduced significantly and they have been partly replaced by retired persons. The population of 900 during the 19th. C. has reduced to 374 in 1998.
The community project hopes to provide Roman settlement evidence.
The smelting and associated processes would have produced a lot of smoke pollution in the base of the Brayford steep sided coomb’s. Some of the smoke would have had a lead content, and it seems likely that settlement would have been located some distance away from the 24 Hour operation.
A search for earthworks and a review of aerial photography has not shown any likely sites. However a Geophysical Survey carried out for a planning application at the local Quarry did suggest an Iron Age hillside multivallate enclosure. As this type of site was frequently in use into the Romano period this was thought worthy of further investigation. In 2006 the Community group excavated the outer ditch and found the ditch had been back filled with a carbon rich matrix containing 1st -2nd. Centaury Romano-British pottery sherds.
Our Celtic chieftain tries his hand with the
Follow this link to see the results from the resitivity survey and an artists interpretation of what the site may have looked like.
As part of their community work Brayford Community Archaeology Group hosted an eventful Roman Fun Day
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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