The Shillington Test Pits 2013 to 2016

Between  2013 and 2016, Shillington families, friends and neighbours excavated archeological test pits. Their aim was to look for things that people had used long ago and then thrown away or lost.  Anything that had survived would be buried in soil under gardens and allotments. More than 40 test pit have been dug with over 100 people taking part. They discovered thousands of pieces of old pottery, metal, bone, glass, brick, tile as well as pieces of plastic and other modern materials.

A generous 'All Our Stories' grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund enabled Cambridge Community Heritage, a team of archaeologists led by Doctor Carenza Lewis at the University of Cambridge, to support the excavations.  They arranged training and supplied equipment then came to Shillington when many of the test pits were underway to assist and advise the participants.  Afterwards, experts examined all the finds and provided reports for which links are provided below.  The excavated pottery was particularly informative as it can be dated by its composition and method of manufacture which changed over time.  Now, we know much more about the origins and development of Shillington than before.

The 2016 Test Pit Report is on THIS LINK

The 2015 Test Poit Repoart is on THIS LINK

The 2014 test pit series can be downloaded from THIS LINK

The FULL 2013 report with details of each site and descriptions of the finds can be downloaded from THIS LINK  (Pdf file)

More photographs be seen at THIS LINK

You can see where the test pits were dug via THIS LINK   (Pdf file)