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CAT Report 1551: summary

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Archaeological monitoring and test-pit evaluation at St Mary's Church, High Street, Wivenhoe, Essex, CO7 9BD: April 2018-May 2020
by Dr Elliott Hicks
(with contributions from Dr Matthew Loughton, Laura Pooley, Adam Wightman, Chris Lister, Mark Baister, Sarah Carter)

Date report completed: June 2020
Location: St Mary's Church, High Street, Wivenhoe, Essex, CO7 9BD
Map reference(s): TL 0389 2150 (centre)
File size: kb
Project type: Monitoring and evaluation
Significance of the results:

Summary. Archaeological monitoring and an archaeological test-pit evaluation (two test-pits) was carried out at St Mary's Church, High Street, Wivenhoe, Essex in advance of the demolition of the south porch and the construction of an extension. No archaeological deposits were observed during monitoring, but test-pitting revealed ten inhumation burials and a quantity of disarticulated bone. The burials which yielded datable material gave a date range from the late 17th to the 19th century for these features, although one had disturbed an earlier burial. A 19th-century wall foundation which was probably the remains of a funerary monument was also uncovered.