On Wednesday 23rd July 2014 we opened our excavations at Batsworthy Cross, Knowstone, Devon, to the public. Over 200 local residents turned out on a scorching day to come and see our previously unknown medieval settlement which includes the remains of stone wall foundations.
Wessex Archaeology were commissioned by RWE Innogy UK to undertake the archaeological investigations on the site of a proposed wind farm. The works have included an earthwork survey, trial trench evaluations and the excavation.
The open day was an opportunity for local people to view some of the pottery that has been found on the site, as well as walk around the remains of the medieval building. The structure may have been for agricultural use, or perhaps a dwelling forming part of a small farming community. Other archaeological features on the site include drainage ditches and droveway. The discovery has the potential to shed more light on how this part of Devon was occupied and used during the medieval period.
The open day also attracted media attention, with interviews with BBC Radio Devon and the North Devon Gazette.
More information on our excavations, including blogs, will be posted onto our website in the coming weeks. You can also keep up to date with the wind farm developments by visiting www.rwe.com