ANCIENT VILLAGE COMES TO LIFE ON LAND FOR HOMES; Archaeologists Find Medieval Settlement on Site
Byline: JOHN SUTTON
A MERSEYSIDE housing developer has unearthed the secrets of a medieval village.
The ground intended for six new homes is instead revealing how people lived in the 13th and 14th centuries.
Around 80 archaeological features have been found at the site near Lodge Farm, off Highgate Close, Norton village, Runcorn.
Shards of pottery from drinking and storage vessels have been cleaned and catalogued, as has an unusual bronze lion's head, which archaeologists believe could have been a cap badge.
The items recovered from the site are being analysed at the Oxford Archaeology North laboratory at Lancaster, where archaeologists will analyse the artefacts and carbon date organic samples.
They will compare the results with records from previous local excavations to build up a better picture of how the settlement has developed.
Jamie Quartermaine, senior project manager at Oxford Archaeology North, who has been leading the project, said: "This is almost the last surviving remains of the old medieval village of Norton on land that is beside the main thoroughfare of the village.
"We have found evidence of buildings in the form of post holes, where vertical timbers were set into the ground, and also shreds of medieval pottery."
Also uncovered were footings and post holes of former timber-framed houses close to site of the old village road, which according to Adam Scott, associate director of Croft Goode Architects who designed the new three-bedroom semis, shows just how the building designs of our ancestors have come back into fashion. …