BRP Students Excavate for a week at Fishwick

This weekend signalled the end of the BRP season with the remaining students, who had spent a week at Fishwick, leaving for their respective homes. Work was primarily focused on excavations around the chapel at Fishwick which has foundations dating to at least the Norman period.

The west side of the Fishwick Chapel
Inside the chapel at the east end

Work has been under way on the site since April as volunteers from the local community had begun digging here, unearthing earlier wall foundations around the church and the surprise discovery of a Bronze Age cist burial some 100m from the east side of the chapel.

Cist burial

Students have spent the week consolidating and recording those trenches that were already open, as well as beginning a new exploration of the interior of the church.

Students cleared the rubble and natural debris from inside the church

Within the rubble we have found many examples of the paraphernalia of a chapel, including grave stones, slate tiles from the roof and lead from the windows.

One of the head stones uncovered during the clean-up of the site

Grave marker uncovered in the undergrowth

We have also found some tantalising finds suggesting earlier activity.

Three fragments of window glass. Potentially from the 14-15th century.

These have been found in the deep back fill which surrounds the present church, created when the foundations for this building were erected.

For the remainder of the season the Paxton Before the House Project will continue to investigate this site, attempting to tie together some the multitude of features in order to develop a broader site narrative.

To follow their progress check out their blog

http://paxtonbeforethehouse.wordpress.com/

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