Cottington Hill

Marshy groundMarshy groundComplete pottery vesselsComplete pottery vesselsAn intricate network of drainage ditches and areas of compacted chalk suggest this was once an area of boggy or marshy ground. Perhaps because of this, there is little other evidence of human activity within the area.
 
The only archaeological finds of note were two inhumation burials, one of a man and one of an infant. These are of interest as they had not been placed in a cemetery although they lay close together. The burials can be dated from grave goods such as complete pottery vessels from the Romano-British period (AD43-410).
 
At the end of a boundary ditch was another burial, this time of Saxon date. The head was to the west and the feet hard up against the end of the ditch, and it seems likely that the grave was cut into the ditch and immediately backfilled so it would not be seen. The occupant of the grave was a man under the age of 50, who had probably suffered with poor dental health and seems to have had an infestation of headlice.

The pottery vessels found with one of the burials

The pots in-situThe pots in-situAfter cleaning and processingAfter cleaning and processing