Information for record number MWA8880:
Site of Early Medieval graveyard

Summary The site of an Early Medieval cemetery which was discovered during an archaeological excavation. It is located 500m south west of Wootton Pool.
What Is It?  
Type: Cemetery
Period: Medieval (950 AD - 1150 AD)
Where Is It?  
Parish: Wootton Wawen
District: Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 15 63
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Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
Scheduled Monument (Grade: )
Sites & Monuments Record

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1 Notes from the excavation.
2 Letter informing the Museum that a grave digger had encountered foundations and two ancient burials.
3 Rough plan of Wootton Wawen dating from c.1570.
4 This phase marks a major change from pre 11th century domestic activity (timber buildings) to burials. The buildings would have gone out of use by the time the land was used for burials. A total of nineteen burials were recovered from fourteen graves. Analysis of the bones showed that those interned were of a mixed population, a secular community. Radiocarbon dates gave a range of use between over 100 years around AD 1050.

Source No: 3
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: Warwickshire History, crude plan of Wootton Wawen
Author/originator: Unknown
Date: 1570
Page Number: 25-31
Volume/Sheet: 2:5
Source No: 2
Source Type: Correspondence
Title: Wootton Wawen
Author/originator: Taylor G S et al.
Date: 1963
Page Number:
Source No: 1
Source Type: Excavation Report
Title: Excavations in Wootton Wawen Churchyard
Author/originator: Barnie H, Hirst S and Rahtz P
Date: 1974
Page Number:
Source No: 4
Source Type: Excavation Report
Title: TBAS vol 90
Author/originator: James H
Date: 1980
Page Number: 37-48
Volume/Sheet: 90
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none Scheduled Monument Scheduled Ancient Monuments (SAMs) are those archaeological sites which are legally recognised as being of national importance. They can range in date from prehistoric times to the Cold War period. They can take many different forms, including disused buildings or sites surviving as earthworks or cropmarks.

SAMs are protected by law from unlicensed disturbance and metal detecting. Written consent from the Secretary of State must be obtained before any sort of work can begin, including archaeological work such as geophysical survey or archaeological excavation. There are nearly 200 SAMs in Warwickshire.
source TBAS Transactions of the Birmingham and Warwickshire Archaeological Society is a journal produced by the society annually. It contains articles about archaeological field work that has taken place in Birmingham and Warwickshire in previous years. Copies of the journal are kept by the Warwickshire Sites and Monuments Record. back
technique excavation Archaeologists excavate sites so that they can find information and recover archaeological materials before they are destroyed by erosion, construction or changes in land-use.

Depending on how complicated and widespread the archaeological deposits are, excavation can be done by hand or with heavy machinery. Archaeologists may excavate a site in a number of ways; either by open area excavation, by digging a test pit or a trial trench.
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period Medieval 1066 AD to 1539 AD (the 11th century AD to the 16th century AD)

The medieval period comes after the Saxon period and before the post medieval period.

The Medieval period begins in 1066 AD.
This was the year that the Normans, led by William the Conqueror (1066 – 1087), invaded England and defeated Harold Godwinson at the Battle of Hastings in East Sussex.
The Medieval period includes the first half of the Tudor period (1485 – 1603 AD), when the Tudor family reigned in England and eventually in Scotland too.

The end of the Medieval period is marked by Henry VIII’s (1509 – 1547) order for the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the years running up to 1539 AD. The whole of this period is sometimes called the Middle Ages.
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monument POOL * A small body of water, either natural or artificial. back
monument SITE * Unclassifiable site with minimal information. Specify site type wherever possible. back
monument BUILDING * A structure with a roof to provide shelter from the weather for occupants or contents. Use specific type where known. back
monument GRAVE * A place of burial. Use more specific type where known. back
monument MUSEUM * A building, group of buildings or space within a building, where objects of value such as works of art, antiquities, scientific specimens, or other artefacts are housed and displayed. back
monument CEMETERY * An area of ground, set apart for the burial of the dead. back
monument CHURCHYARD * An area of ground belonging to a church, often used as a burial ground. back
monument BURIAL * An interment of human or animal remains. Use specific type where known. If component use with wider site type. Use FUNERARY SITE for optimum retrieval in searches. back
monument DOMESTIC * This is the top term for the class. See DOMESTIC Class List for narrow terms. back

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