October Site of the Month

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October Site of the Month

Albion Archaeology have been excavating the site of a post-medieval roadside settlement in Soulbury, near Leighton Buzzard, in advance of a new housing development. A group of houses were depicted within the site on a mid 18th century manorial map (shown as the group of pink buildings at the top of the image), but had disappeared by the time of the first Ordnance Survey maps.

Soulbury Manorial Map, copyright Buckinghamshire Archives

 

Initial evaluation, and subsequent excavation, has found the remains of a number of house platforms which appear to correspond with the location of the buildings shown on the early mapping. Thresholds, hearths, internal and external floor surfaces have all been recorded, along with a wide range of artefactual evidence, ranging from the 11th century right up to the 20th. Perhaps the most unique find was this camel’s head!

Camel Head. Copyright Albion Archaeology

 

Drone footage shows the site from the air, along with the field team hard at work.

Drone photos. Copyright Albion Archaeology and Dronescapes UK

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