About

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Archaeology students and teacher Jason Williams during the 2016 excavation

This webpage was established as part of the Roman Credenhill: A Community Investigation project.  It was established by Principal Jonathan Godfrey and Teacher of Archaeology and History Jason Williams of   Hereford Sixth Form College and was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Young Roots Programme in 2016.

The primary aim of the project was to involve the AS- and A-level archaeology students of Hereford Sixth Form College in the processes of an archaeological investigation.  The investigation was undertaken over the course of Summer within the Roman Park Playing Fields, Credenhill.

Training was provided by a team of archaeologists from Community Heritage and Archaeology Consultancy, led by Christopher Atkinson, Project Manager; with training in archaeological finds and analysis provided by Herefordshire Council Museum Service.  The students used their new found skills to excavate a little known Roman farm/villa and pottery production site, first discovered in 2014 as a result of a community project funded by the Armed Forces Community Covenant.  The three week long excavation was held between the 11th and 31st July and was open to the public, attracting individuals and families from across Herefordshire … and even Australia!

The excavation aimed to answer the following questions:

  • What was the use of the building?
  • When was it constructed and when was it abandoned?
  • Who lived there, what was their status within society?
  • What was their diet?
  • How substantial was the earlier pottery industry? Is there more than one kiln at the site?
  • How does the pottery produced relate to the material discovered across Britain? Is it unique?
  • What buildings accompanied the kiln?
  • When was the kiln and site established?

The project also led to the creation of two static display boards for the village of Credenhill, the promotion of a circular heritage trail and the production of a booklet, detailing the early history of the village and a map of the heritage trail.  You can download a copy of the booklet as well as the professional archaeological report from the Downloads Page.

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Photogrammetric image of the excavation towards the end of the 2016 investigation. Visit the page Explore the Trench to explore it for yourself!

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