Staple Fitzpaine Church, Somerset, 2013

An Archaeological Watching Brief at St. Peters’s Church Staple Fitzpaine Somerset

An archaeological watching brief undertaken during ground works for services associated with the installation of new facilities for St Peter’s Church recorded several human skeletons and associated grave cuts dating from the 14th century onwards. The graves cut a shallow feature full of charcoal and 13th to 14th century fire blackened pottery. This has been interpreted as evidence of a churchyard fair. An intact, well constructed stone culvert which might still carry water during wet periods was recorded close to the NW corner of the north aisle. The base of the western face of the north transept has been buried by a thick clay deposit due to raising of thechurchyard.
Re-flooring of the western bays of the nave and north aisle allowed a view of the bases of the arcade piers. The northern piers were seen to be resting upon a stone and mortar deposit interpreted as the foundations of a former nave wall. Bedding for the new floor rested upon a hard-packed mortar layer interpreted as bedding for earlier floors.
The archaeological deposits below the church remained undisturbed. The report finished with a rapid photographic survey of interesting features within the church.

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