Excavation at Cox Bank Farm 2016
Follow our progress this year in 2016's dig diary.
Excavation at Cox Bank Farm: May 2015
We are now a week into this year's excavation at Cox Bank Farm, investigating further features associated with the Bronze Age Burnt Mound which we were working on in previous years. We have identified a number of promising-looking anomalies on the magnetometry survey map, and we intend to investigate some of these. The intriguing feature which we got sight of at the end of last year's excavation will also get some attention, in the hope that we can identify it. We are also hopeful of finding more of the pot of which we found a large sherd in 2013. Follow our progress in 2015's dig diary.
Excavation at Cox Bank Farm: May - July 2014
We started this year's excavation at Cox Bank Farm to further investigate the Burnt Mound we worked on in the three previous years. This year we hoped to find a second trough, the existence of which was suggested by the feature we found a corner of at the very end of 2013's dig. More of the pot of which we found a large sherd that year would have been good, too. In the event, we found not a second trough but a hole which may have been a water reservoir, and just as we were finishing (as ever!) part of a further intriguing feature which may be a channel to feed water into the trough. We did not find any more of the pot. See how we progressed through the dig in 2014's dig diary.
Excavation at Cox Bank Farm: April - July 2013
This year we excavated another sector of the mound we worked on last year - and discovered a large trough. We also found a large pot sherd and several small worked flints. For a pictorial week-by-week diary of the excavation, go to this page.
I will put excavation reports on that page as they become available.
Excavation at Cox Bank Farm: May - June 2012
This year we followed up on the 2011 trial excavation by investigating a larger area. We found clear evidence of a burnt mound, including heat shattered stones, charcoal and even what appears to be a post hole. For more details and pictures, go to this page.
Investigation at Cox Bank Farm: April 2011
The farmer had noticed that in the middle of one of his fields was an area where the molehills were of much darker soil than in the rest of the field. He asked SOTMAS to investigate... The rest of this report and some pictures are here.
by Winston Hollins and Alex Carnes, 2007
Download sotmas_cbf06_burntmoundreport.pdf (4.28 MB):
The following photographs directly supplement the report content (1280x960, approx 500 KB each):
Photographs of the wood and charcoal deposits can be found in the gallery:
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Stoke-on-Trent Museum Archaeological Society. This page updated 8th June 2016.