More ancient discoveries unearthed

The skeleton of a prehistoric man on a shield, discovered at a site off Burnby Lane.
The skeleton of a prehistoric man on a shield, discovered at a site off Burnby Lane.

The Post understands that more ancient discoveries have been unearthed by archaeologists in Pocklington.

Interesting finds are believed to have been uncovered during trial trenching on land north of Mile End Park, which has been allocated for housing development in the East Riding Local Plan (policy POC-C). As part of the development, proposals will be required to provide flood storage, both on-site and/or off-site, to reduce the risk of flooding from Pocklington Beck.

Evidence from aerial photographs indicate the presence of a former late Iron Age/Romano British settlement and square burial barrows running in an east-west direction across the central section of the proposed development site.

Early remains and artefacts examined by archaeologists in East Yorkshire are often fragmented due to the extensive damage and disruption caused by arable farming. However, in 2014 an Anglo Saxon gold and garnet panel was discovered in this area of fields north of Pocklington.

This is an indication of ongoing human activity in this area from prehistoric times.

Les Slow, of Mile End Park, says he has spoken to archeologists who have been working at the site. He explained: “They dug a number of trenches earlier in the year. I did speak to archeologists who said they did find some interesting stuff. There has been recent activity on the plot. It is an interesting place.”

Evidence of human activity in Pocklington and the surrounding area is understood to date back to the Bronze Age. There are sites of Bronze Age burials and finds in the neighbourhood but nothing earlier than the Iron Age period is known within Pocklington town itself.

At the end of last year, the Post revealed that significant Iron Age finds had been discovered off Burnby Lane in Pocklington near where developer David Wilson Homes is building 77 new houses.

The site has so far yielded more than 38 square barrows and in excess of 82 burials. A skeleton was found with a shield and several of the square barrows have been found to contain personal possessions, including jewellery, and a sword has also been discovered.

The buried ground off Burnby Lane is now recognised as being of international importance.

Persimmon Homes, a developer intersted in the site north of Mile End Park, said: “We are carrying out due diligence and obtaining technical information to support a forthcoming joint planning application for residential development together with a flood attenuation scheme which will be of great public benefit to the residents of Pocklington. As part of this work we are carrying out geo-physical surveys and trial trenching which is required as part of the pre-planning archaeology works.”

An East Riding Council spokesperson said: “In the emerging East Riding Local Plan, this site is allocated for housing and a flood alleviation scheme to reduce the risk of flooding in Pocklington town centre. The excavations that have been undertaken will help inform an archaeological assessment of the area and accompany any future planning application.

“Presently, the emerging East Riding Local Plan is being considered by an independent planning inspector.”

Humber Archaeology Partnership declined to comment when approached by the Pocklington Post.