Archaeologists unearth Acomb’s medieval history

Started by gash, January 13, 2017, 12:09:00 pm

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Work to construct 40 new homes off Garden House Road has uncovered the remains of three corn drying kilns, with on-site archaeologists suggesting the structures may have belonged to a granary in the 14th or 15th century.

While a map of the village from 1810 suggests Acomb was populated during medieval times, the discovery is the first piece of structural evidence to back up the claims.

National firm Pre-Construct Archaeology (PCA), which has been digging up the site since before Christmas, unearthed the remains of two timbered kilns. But it was a well-preserved, stone-lined structure which attracted the most attention.

Bywell-based Jennifer Proctor, PCA's regional manager for the north, said: "All villages would have had these, but there aren't many excavated, and it is very rare to find one in such good condition.

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