An Archaeological Investogation of Test Pits in the Churchyard of St. Kyneburgha, Castor

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Dodwell, Natasha 

Three test pits were excavated between the 8th and the 10th of November along the proposed line of a service trench in the churchyard of St Kyneburgha, Castor (TL12435 98543). The trench measuring c. 25m is to run almost due north from the recently constructed Benefice Centre to Church Hill. The three test pits along the proposed line of the service trench show that this corner of the churchyard is extremely disturbed. There are not only Post Medieval graves, but the deposits through which they cut appear to be levelling dumps containing a mix of Roman, Saxo-Norman, Medieval and Post Medieval material. These earlier deposits may derive from the partial destruction of Roman buildings to the immediate north and east in the early 19th century. Whilst no early in-situ archaeology was recognised in the test pits there is still the possibility, particularly closer to Church Hill, at the present churchyard boundary that undisturbed archaeology could be encountered.

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