Stream Field

The project has also undertaken small scale excavations in the field immediately east of Hill Field, adjacent to Teffont stream. There are earthworks across this field, generally oriented on a long trackway which runs from the Glebe around the southern lower slopes of Upper Holt Ridge, then curves north. The earthworks are rectilinear and were previously thought to relate to medieval or post-medieval settlement at the southern end of Teffont Magna.

Geophysical survey on a small scale confirmed the character of the most significant earthworks. Excavations revealed that one major north-south bank was composed of layers of mixed stone and cobbles overlying a more compact cobble and earth revetting bank. The earthwork running perpendicular to this was found to be of similar makeup, although with a more tightly packed cobble bank of somewhat less height. The original banks appear to be of 2nd-4th century AD date, but the overlying cobble spreads contained medieval and post-medieval material, demonstrating the continuity of use of this area close to the stream and medieval village. There is no evidence as to the function of these banks as the areas they define are very small for fields, although they may be small paddocks. Structural remains do not appear to be present, although further geophysical survey might lead to a better understanding of this site.