Archaeological Report

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Archaeological Report, Oakford

This report by MFR Steinmetzer, Oakford Archaeology Mar 2017, 71 pages gives some background of Milton Abbas history and details of the finds during the excavations in the south transept and outside during the drainage works, carried out between July and Oct 2016.

The finds recovered from the site contained a small quantity of 12th – 13th century
coarsewares, and a single sherd dating to the late medieval period. In addition, a total of 13 architectural fragments, largely belonging to the later church and ancillary monastic ranges, were retrieved during the works. However, four architectural fragments belonging to the earlier church were identified. These included a limestone fragment with chevron decoration dating to the 12th century and two conjoining fragments from a Purbeck marble tomb cover dating to the 12th-13th century.

Of importance are fragments of Purbeck marble coffin-shaped memorials. The number now known from Milton Abbey is five, all completely different.