Information for record number MWA2184:
Medieval and Post Medieval activity at Shire Hall

Summary During excavations at Shire Hall, Warwick,Medieval and Post Medieval pottery sherds, a bone domino and other finds were discovered from a number of rubbish pits.
What Is It?  
Type: Findspot, Rubbish Pit
Period: Medieval (1066 AD - 1539 AD)
Where Is It?  
Parish: Warwick
District: Warwick, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 28 65
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Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
Sites & Monuments Record

Source Number  

1 10 sherds of pottery and glass from pit H of the Shire Hall excavations. Also a bone domino.
21956 Rescue excavation and salvage during building work led to the recovery of a number of rubbish pits containing groups of 13th - 14th century pottery. 14th - 15th century wasters found here in 1956.
3 excavations in 2014 revealed early medieval to post medieval rubbish pits and drains as well as stone lined wells and pits which post dated the fire of 1694.

Source No: 2
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: Medieval Pottery in Warwick: a study in chronology, typology and trade
Author/originator: Mytum H
Date: 1977
Page Number:
Source No: 1
Source Type: Bibliographic reference
Title: Catalogue
Page Number: A2576
Source No: 3
Source Type: Serial
Title: West Midlands Archaeology Vol 57
Author/originator: CBA West Midlands
Date: 2015
Page Number:
Volume/Sheet: No 57
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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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period Post Medieval About 1540 AD to 1750 AD (the 16th century AD to the 18th century AD)

The Post Medieval period comes after the medieval period and before the Imperial period.

This period covers the second half of the reign of the Tudors (1485 – 1603), the reign of the Stuarts (1603 – 1702) and the beginning of the reign of the Hannoverians (1714 – 1836).
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monument BUILDING * A structure with a roof to provide shelter from the weather for occupants or contents. Use specific type where known. back
monument RUBBISH PIT * A pit where domestic waste material is deposited. back
monument STONE * Use only where stone is natural or where there is no indication of function. back
monument FINDSPOT * The approximate location at which stray finds of artefacts were found. Index with object name. back
monument DRAIN * An artificial channel for draining water or carrying it off. back
monument PIT * A hole or cavity in the ground, either natural or the result of excavation. Use more specific type where known. back
monument WELL * A shaft or pit dug in the ground over a supply of spring-water. back
monument SHIRE HALL * A county judicial building where the Quarter Session and the Assizes for the County were held. back

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