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Monday 21st January 2019 - James Fairclough & Esther Poulus

Monday 21st January 2019 - James Fairclough & Esther Poulus

Dogs and ditches: excavations at High Flyer Farm

This open-area excavation followed on from both a geophysical survey and trial trenching in 2011 which identified a complex of Iron Age and Roman rectilinear enclosures linked to a droveway and probably utilised for stock management. The site was primarily focused on relatively high ground, making use of the slightly lighter drained soils.

The chronological sequence of activity broadly parallels that found during an earlier excavation conducted in 1999–2000 immediately to the south of the site by Northamptonshire Archaeology (now MOLA), where part of a rural settlement occupied from the 5th century BC to the 4th century AD was found. The earlier excavation uncovered a single Iron Age sub-circular enclosure replaced by a more extensive complex of rectilinear enclosures during the Roman period of which the current excavation at High Flyer Farm is almost certainly a continuation. The enclosure pattern is extremely regular indicating a substantial degree of planning with the pottery evidence showing activity peaking between the 2nd and 4th centuries.

Jim Fairclough is a Project Officer for MOLA Northampton and has run numerous excavations around the East Midlands and East Anglia, including sites such as the Saxon cemetery at Great Ryburgh, Norfolk, and large-scale mitigation works on the A14 infrastructure scheme.

Esther Poulus is a Project Supervisor for MOLA Northampton, running evaluation and mitigation works, again focused around the East Midlands and East Anglia, and including the A14 infrastructure scheme where she first became a team leader.