Day 1 of the Surrey Archaeological Society test digs in Effingham
Under the Directorship of Chris Hayward (pictured middle on left) the team excavated a further two pits at Crossways. They had already excavated and backfilled two other pits at Browns, which is one of the old Effingham manor houses, close by St Lawrence Church. The sites were selected by instinct, experience and dowsing which had produced exactly what Chris had anticipated.
Below (pictured) you can see Chris has pointed out several pieces of green whiteware from the 13th/14th century along with other finds such a tiny horseshoe bits of pottery, old nails and bones. All these are gently cleaned and recorded.
Meanwhile, armed with an old toothbrush and a dirty washing up bowl, Anne Vallis cleaned and showed off a post 1750s tiny smoking pipe that tied in well with the age of the alms cottages in Crossways. Amazingly the pipe showed that it had been made in Guildford.