Test Pit 8, dug in the centre of the Bouskell Park in Blaby in June/July 2021.
This 1m sq pit was dug down through 0.2m of topsoil and 0.1m of subsoil to reveal a Victorian land drain. The drain was dug into a redeposited mix of topsoil, subsoil and natural clay, probably backfill of quarrying activity. The topsoil produced a small assemblage of red brick fragments, coal, animal bone and a single sherd of medieval pottery. The underlying soils produced a large quantity of red brick fragments, along with small quantities of coal, charcoal, clay tobacco pipe, animal bone and medieval and post-medieval pottery.
LiDAR and geophysical survey suggest that this area of the park was extensively disturbed in the past. This area appears to have been quarried in the late 17th or early 18th century or the early 19th century, possibly as a clay pit for local brick production. The land drain is Victorian. Model generated using SfM photogrammetry.