At the beginning of September Docking Heritage Group undertook a community dig. The aim of the project was to further our understanding of how the village developed, and to add more information to the Historic Environment Record.
Members of Docking Heritage Group excavating a test pit
After a briefing session with Community Archaeologist, Dr Richard Hoggett, the volunteers excavated six test pits in gardens around the village. Each test pit was 1m² and was dug in 10cm spits to the depth of 1m. Finds were bagged up according to the level at which they were found, and the pits were recorded through drawings; photographs and recording forms.
Dr Richard Hoggett identifying finds
Today, the Community Archaeology team went back to Docking to look at the finds that have been collected. Amongst large quantities of modern pottery, glass and tile, we discovered several sherds of medieval pottery, including some rim and base pieces which are helpful in identifying the size and shape of the vessel they come from. In addition to these a flint blade tip (pictured below), possibly of Neolithic date, was found in one of the test pits.
Flint blade tip
Finds have been taken to the Norfolk Historic Environment Service in Gressenhall for further analysis by flint and pottery specialists. Updates to follow.
Docking Heritage Group website: http://www.dockingheritage.org.uk
News article about the project: http://www.lynnnews.co.uk/news/latest-news/docking-digging-deep-into-a-village-s-past-1-4231901