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Medieval ovens and tanneries found in England

Clay ovens and leather tanneries which date from the 12th to 16th centures has been unearthed in Bury St. Edmunds, England.

The Warren Map of 1740 showed the area to be fields – so this is the first evidence of previous development.

Alongside the clay ovens, the archaeologists have found a series of sunken barrels.

Outline of a clay oven used for malting barley for the brewing industry
They think these were to store lime putty which was used to create mortar, plaster and lime-wash for building.

Mr Tester said: “It’s very exciting. Hopefully we’ll be able to find more of these barrel wells and find out definitively what they were used for.”

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