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Thursday, 28th November 2019

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at Harman’s Cross Village Hall
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Pits, Pots and People - 
10,000 Years of Occupation 
at Bestwall Quarry
Excavation took place on this 55 hectare gravel quarry site between 1992 and 2005. The results were published in two academic volumes in 2009 and 2011. The archaeological work revealed a landscape occupied over 10,000 or so years.
About 9000 BC Mesolithic hunter/ gatherers camped and left evidence for making flint tools. Around 4000 BC, the first farmers arrived, clearing the woodland and marking their territory with a small timber circle and a series of enigmatic pits.
The Bestwall Quarry Archaeology Project …
Lilian Ladle MBE
Throughout the Bronze Age, farming was the major occupation.  The land was completely cleared and divided into fields. The self-sufficient populations lived in a succession of roundhouses and left much evidence for living and dying.
Pottery making, which had begun about 2500BC at Bestwall continued into the Iron Age and by the Roman period, Bestwall was a major site for the production of Black Burnished Ware pottery. Kilns, burials and a coin hoard were major elements of this phase. Charcoal making and ironworking were features of the Saxon period. After the Norman Conquest, the site reverted to agriculture.