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Bronze-age flint tools and pottery found at site

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: August 02, 2013

  • James Gossip, site director, and Siobhan Rescorla, National Trust visitor services officer, at the Godolphin House archaeological site, near Helston

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The grounds surrounding a historic Westcountry property have been excavated during the past two weeks as part of a festival by the Council of British Archaeology.

The National Trust at Godolphin House teamed up with Cornwall Council's Historic Environment Service to conduct 'I Dig Godolphin', which focused on the manor house's surrounding orchards. A team of archaeologists and volunteers managed to uncover several artefacts, including a bronze-age flint tool and pottery dating back to the medieval period.

Horseshoes which were unearthed allowed diggers to work out that access for carts carrying cider apples would have come on a track through the orchard.

Siobhan Rescorla, visitor services officer at Godolphin House, said: "It is great for us to be able to learn more about farming here at Godolphin, and that includes cider-making. Agriculture is the main industry that links Godolphin's past to its future. We are still farming here today."

The Cider House was once used as a working pottery and when digging in that area the team found some interesting pieces of 1960s ceramics, still glazed with intricate patterns.

Archaeologists discovered that the orchard area has been cultivated since the earliest phases of Godolphin, with pottery from the 14th to 16th centuries represented in high numbers, incorporated into the soils from the house and farm.

Students from Pool Academy helped with brushing, washing and packing the finds. Ms Rescorla added: "We've had a great time at the property over the past two weeks, we've answered a lot of questions about Godolphin, and also created many new ones."

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