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Parch marks

Parch marks in the grass

A recently dug ditch has drawn attention to parch marks in a field adjacent to Gradidge Lane.

Adjacent to the ditch, the outline of a building that once stood there can be seen. These parch marks are most commonly caused by buried stone or brick structures such as walls or paved areas. The stone inhibits the crop or grass roots in the overlying topsoil and the result is an area of weak growth that takes the shape of the buried structure.

Have there been any archaeological finds? A bowl (pictured) has been found. Further investigations are ongoing.

Bricks visible in the ditch
Bowl discovered in the ditch