Flawford Church

Flawford Excavation


The Late Iron Age

The area of the original Chancel and Sanctuary was excavated down to the natural clay. Much of the earth above this level had been extensively distributed by the digging of wall foundations of the earlier phases and also grave digging. A thin layer (0.15m) of black earth lying on top of the clay had been less disturbed and it was this and the contents of a pit below it which produced evidence of Late Iron Ages settlement on this site.

The findings indicate that this site was a late Iron Age occupation that continued from the mid to late 1st century AD.

The Findings

  • A pit with gullies

  • post holes,

  • two bronze brooches of the Colchester type and one of the Langton type

  • pottery

  • potsherd

The Brooches

Colchester type broochThe Colchester type brooch was found with a broken off pin and a distorted coil. The date of this was around AD 60. In addition the perforated catch plate and part of the bow of another Colchester type brooch was found. Again the date was 1st century AD

The Langton Down type brooch. This was not reeded which suggested a post conquest date. The pierced catch plate is broken. The date for this brooch is about AD50.

Langton type Brooch

In addition late Iron Ages farmers would have been attracted to the excellent site. It is well drained with the land to the north sloping away to a stream 590metres away, whilst to the south lay a level area of fertile land. Iron Age Pit

The find would indicate that this was a well established settlement.

Unfortunately little else has been discovered to give greater detail to this stage of the areas development.





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The Excavation

Mid Bronze Age

Late Iron Age

Romano-British Villa

The Saxon Church

Building the Church phases 1-5

Building the Church phases 6-10

The Chantry Chapels of Flawford

The Demolition

The Gravestones

The Scattered Stones

Where to find the  evidence

The Flawford Alabasters

Harry James

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