Following an Introduction to Archaeology Course undertaken by Time Team members in 2011 and 2012, we decided to practice our skills in the grounds of Monk Fryston Hall where we had identified, through map regression the possible route of the original lane from the Village to the Common.
In 2014, we excavated 30 meters due east of the 2013 trench and found the southern wall of the pre-1793 structure and the flat rubble surface of the former Fryston Common Lane abutting to its south side. Within the footprint of the structure we found an undisturbed early medieval plough soil which yielded approximately 450 unabraided northern grittyware potsherds, together with a few pieces of earlier pottery and many pieces up to the late Victorian period.
In 2015 with the help of the HLF we carried out a much larger excavation of the site. We opened 7 trenches and found over 10,000 artefacts including flints from the Mesolithic period and items from the end of the Ice Age but the bulk of the finds came from the period we are mainly concerned with; from the Monks to the Victorians
Perhaps the most stunning feature of the whole excavation is the large section of the road first glimpsed in 2013; it was an extremely well constructed road built and used in the medieval period.
Embedded in another section of this road, in Trench 2 was a previously unknown substantial wall and below the road surface we found two other roads and/or working surfaces
We discovered the wall and lower road surfaces too late in the dig to investigate them properly and returned to the site in spring 2016 to continue our work and we weren't disappointed. Detailed presentations about the Excavation and Project, and an exhibition of artefacts discovered were held in St Wilfrid's Church in April 2017. Please see latest news to keep up to date on what's happened and happening on the project.
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Our Next Meetings are at:-
Burton Salmon Village Hall
Tuesday 15th May
Tuesday 12th June
Monk fryston excavations