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Archaeological finds

More discoveries made at Cannington Court

In February, during the construction work for the new garden area at Cannington Court archaeological excavations revealed part of the former 13th century priory complex. It was the first opportunity for archaeologists to investigate the site, and whilst the presence of these remains was suspected, these investigations offered the first solid evidence of their survival.

Ancillary buildings associated with the secular (non-religious) use of the site have been identified, and recording and excavation of the walls, rooms and associated features continued over 5 weeks.

After the excavations on the site come to a close, the painstaking and laborious work of cleaning, identifying the interpreting the finds and other evidence will begin, and take several months to complete. Once complete, a report will be produced and the finds and archive deposited with the local museum in Taunton

Friday 7 March was the last day of the archaeology dig on the site, and around 140 local residents, including students from Cannington Primary School, came along to see the find and talk to the team involved. The video above captures moments from the day

To find out more about the archaeology visit www.wessexarch.co.uk

Important discoveries made at Cannington Court

During the recent construction work for the new Brassage building, the post-medieval main approach to Cannington Court, dated to around the 18th to 19th centuries, has been revealed. Alongside the entranceway, earlier medieval buildings, water culverts and floor surfaces have all been recorded, the earliest of which dates to the 11th century. Pottery from the 10th to 12th centuries and a large fragment of a mill stone has also been recovered. These archaeological remains represent a significant find.

On Friday 2nd August 2013, the last day of the archaeology dig on the site, we held an open day for local residents, who came along to see the find first-hand and talk with the team involved. The video below captures moments from the day.

To find out more about the archaeology visit www.wessexarch.co.uk

 

To read more about the finds, visit these press articles:

Listed stately home throws up its 1,000-year-old secrets
Western Morning News, Monday 5th August 2013

Artefacts found at Cannington archaeological dig site
Bridgwater Mercury, Saturday 3rd August 2013

Building work reveals secrets of the medieval age
Western Daily Press, Saturday 3rd August 2013

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