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Excavating Tiddington:
an early medieval cemetery and more

Susan Porter 

Monday 19 February, 6.00 pm - White Swan

Susan Porter is Senior Archaeological Officer at Archaeology Warwickshire. She was previously a Project Officer at Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA). Her special interest is in numismatic analysis, primarily Roman coins but also medieval and prehistoric coinage.  She has a Master of Arts (M.A.) in Roman Archaeology from the University of Liverpool. She also writes archaeological fiction under the name S. M. Porter.

Susan will talk about Archaeology Warwickshire's excavations at 79 Tiddington Road, and the discovery of a Saxon cemetery and Iron Age pit group. The site appears to have been occupied continuously from the Middle Iron Age to the Middle “Saxon” period (at least 1000 years). There is clear evidence of feasting, trade and communication, “ritual”, life, and death. The location is close to the ford over the Avon used by the Salt Road from Droitwich, active from the Iron Age and through the Roman period. The combination of burial intensity, material culture (esp. evidence for literacy), location and documentary sources all suggest the location of a previously unknown minster site.