Medieval Finds of What Could Be 'Lost Village' ARCHAEOLOGY: Volunteers Uncover Items in Farm Field near Wolvey

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Byline: By Steve Evans

A PLOUGHED field on the outskirts of Nuneaton could be the site of the lost medieval settlement of Copston Parva.

Dozens volunteered to become archaeological sleuths for the day in a bid to unearth clues and pinpoint the exact location of the long-forgotten Warwickshire village.

About 100 people converged on farmland between Nuneaton and Hinckley - and they discovered "huge amounts" of medieval material.

Staff at Warwickshire Museum Field Service are now analysing the finds to build up a picture of what life must have been like in Copston Parva, near Wolvey.

Members of Wolvey Local History Group were joined by volunteers from Hinckley Fieldworking Group to carry out a search of farmland where the long-lost settlement is believed to have once stood.

Joseph Bates, archaelogical project officer for Warwickshire County Council, said: "The work resulted in the discovery of huge amounts of potsherds (broken pottery) and building materials of medieval date, but also material from the Roman period, and even worked flint from several thousand years ago. …