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Archaeological excavations at Budbury Manor House

Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire

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Bradford on Avon Museum Society assisted in a small excavation in the garden of a member in the Budbury area of the town after a buried area of cobbled stone was found in 2009.
The garden lies on the plateau above the town close to where an Early Iron Age defensive ditch had been excavated in 1969. The ditch had been projected as that of a hillfort that enclosed the hilltop, but no testing of the theory had been carried out beyond the original excavation. These digs were aimed at establishing whether the ditch extended further and its alignment.

The dig was extended laterally and downwards about 1.20m and was successful in locating the edge of the hillfort’s defensive ditch. More digs in the same garden in 2012 and 2015 seem to confirm the extent of the cobbled area and the Iron Age ditch below it and possibly foundations of part of the medieval house that had been lost.

The Museum Research Group is now processing the finds from these excavations, involving identification, analysing pottery by microscopic examination of the mineral content of the clay and trying to match it to known kiln sites, dating and making accurate drawings.

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