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Medieval Artifacts Unearthed in Southwest England

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

newtown abbot millstoneDEVON, ENGLAND—The Herald Express reports that fifteenth-century artifacts have been found in the town of Newton Abbot by a team from Cotswold Archaeology. The excavation site along Wolborough Street includes the rear areas of long, narrow plots of land that would have been rented from the local lord during the medieval period. The red mud of the region preserved a child’s shoe, an iron spur, and three wooden barrel bases. The excavators have also uncovered a granite millstone in the bottom of one of two wells at the site. The front areas of these plots of land were disturbed by the construction of two large townhouses in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. The archaeologists think that they may find evidence of a sixth- or seventh-century settlement under the medieval remains. To read about another find in the area, go to “Seaton Down Hoard.”

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