Broadcast 9 January 2005
In June 2004 an archaeological evaluation was undertaken by Channel 4’s Time Team in the village of Nether Poppleton, City of York, Yorkshire, as part of a community archaeological project (centred on NGR SE 562 549) to investigate the origins and development of the village.
The evaluation was concentrated within the village focusing on the land around St. Everilda’s church, Manor Farm and a series of earthworks, representing a moated site and associated fishponds at the eastern end of the village and in the gardens of the houses within the village itself. The earthworks to the north and east of the parish church are designated as a Scheduled Monument, centred on NGR SE5645 5513 (English Heritage Scheduled Monument 28234), and as such enjoy statutory protection.
The aims of the evaluation were to determine whether the village had its earliest foundations in the Anglo-Saxon period and developed focussing on a 7th century monastic complex centred on the church of St. Everilda. The project aimed also to test the hypothesis that the village in its current form had been planned in the Norman period and whether analysis of archaeological evidence and pottery distribution throughout the village would be able to shed light on the village’s development.