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Monday 21 October 2019 – Craig Cessford

Monday 21 October 2019 - Craig Cessford
Downham Road: Iron Age, Roman and Middle Anglo-Saxon archaeology on western fringe of Ely


Extensive excavations at Downham Road, Ely, by the Cambridge Archaeological Unit in 2015–2016 in advance of the construction of the Ely Leisure Village revealed significant archaeological remains of several periods. These included Iron Age watering holes with log ladders, Romano-British planting beds and most significantly elements of a nationally important Middle Anglo-Saxon site, previously excavated at West Fen Road. The talk will discuss all these periods and includes a major reappraisal of the Middle Anglo-Saxon site, which is crucial to our understanding of the origins of Medieval Ely.

Craig Cessford has been a professional archaeologist for nearly 30 years and has a particular interest in medieval and later archaeology. He currently works as both a senior project officer for the Cambridge Archaeological Unit and as a researcher on the project 'After the Plague: health and history in medieval Cambridge', based at the University of Cambridge. He has directed a large number of excavations in Cambridgeshire and has published widely on a range of topics, including on excavations at the Cathedral and Broad Street in Ely.