Last year, Dr. Cumberpatch our medieval pottery specialist commented after examining a sample from the 450 pieces of Northern Grittyware potsherds found in 2014
"Overall it looks like a solid early medieval assemblage, mainly local but with some regional imports."
We wondered why we had found so many on the site in 2014 and we weren’t disappointed with the amount of grittyware we found in 2015 but we still have many questions to answer.
The 10,000 assorted finds discovered last year spurred us on to consider carefully how long the site had been occupied and what was happening here.
An examination of detailed geological maps shows our site sits on a tongue of limestone extending into the surrounding marsh and fen lands; so the discovery of an astoundingly well-built and rutted medieval road with further artefacts tells us it was important to the monks. However, the discovery below this rutted road of an earlier one with a substantial wall embedded into it indicate that the site had undergone some important early medieval activity. Perhaps this dates from the early Norman occupation or perhaps a pre-Norman time?
Our supplementary 13 day excavation objectives are to explore the earliest part of the site and to discover as much as we can whilst continuing to search for answers about the evolution of the site which appears to have had a least 3 phases of building prior to the Hemsworth’s clearances to create their pleasure grounds in the second half of the 19th Century.
Monk Fryston Excavations
Having a go
Dig diary and map
> Excavation objectives
Information for volunteers
The Big Village Dig
Want to get involved?
Whether you are an experienced enthusiast or a beginner that has never done it before we would like to invite you to take part in Our Big Village Dig in July.
Come along and take part.