Codicote Archaeological Digs
In 2017 and 2018, a number of test pits were dug in Codicote to find out more about this village's past, from its Saxon (and pre-Saxon) times right up to the present day.

5 pits were dug in 2017 and revealed a range of prehistoric flints, Medieval, Georgian, Victorian and later finds.  Surprisingly there were no Roman finds, which suggests no Roman settlement in the centre of Codicote.  Fuller details of the project and its finds can be found here.

5 pits were also dug in 2018.  Pits 1 and 2 were around Abbotshay, Pits 3-5 off Bury Lane, Codicote.

More digs took place in 2019 on the weekends of:

11-12 May (2 test pits at Pottersheath - outskirts of Codicote near Rabley Heath)
22-23 June 2019 (2 test pits in Codicote High Street).

A wide range of finds were discovered, including early / mid Anglo-Saxon pottery (c 450-850 CE), medieval greyware and brill potsherds to Victorian clay pipe pieces and blue & white pottery.  Codicote has a rich and varied history - human activity has clearly been taking place for many centuries.

In 2022 two test pits were dug at Fulling Mill Lane, revealing a Victorian path.  If you would like to find out more about our digs - or take part in 2023 archaeology - please contact Nicholas Maddex on 01438-821849 or at

Help is always welcome, not just for digging, but also for sifting, sorting, cleaning and recording finds.  You never know what will turn up!

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