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The Mucking Excavation Ends.
The famous long-term rescue excavation at Mucking, just across the Thames in Essex, has at last come to a close. For just over twelve years Mr and Mrs Jones have battled to keep ahead of the draglines in a vast gravel-pit, working in a variety of weathers mostly very wet and very windy. Their stalwart efforts have seen the recovery of a huge amount of information ranging in date from the Bronze Age to the later Saxon period. Hundreds of features of all periods were partially superimposed across each other in what will always be regarded as the classic, landscape multi-period site. Perhaps the outstanding contribution to knowledge has been the discovery of well over 200 sunken huts (Grubenhäuser) and three corresponding cemeteries all of the early Anglo-Saxon (Migration) period. This alone makes the site supreme by any standards.
Mrs Jones estimates that more than 5,000 students of the ages 18-23 have worked on the site during the twelve years and one of the interesting sidelights has been the variety of attitudes amongst them. More recently, Mucking has had young unemployed people from the Job Creation Scheme such as are being employed in Kent at Dover, Canterbury and other rescue-excavations. Work on the post-excavation side of the Mucking dig will continue in Grays for some time yet and the excavation-reports are awaited with great interest.