Spring is my favourite time of year, new life, new growth, long days and short nights. This can only mean one thing to an Archaeology student…fieldwork! This morning I took a short ride on my trusty Vespa to a place that hundreds drive past every week without giving a second glance. They would never guess the importance, the age and the meaning of the small wood on the rise where three lanes meet.
This was the Moot (meeting) site of the Framland hundred. Frænalundr – the grove of a man with the Danish name of Fræna. The hundred was a part of an administration system, created in liminal places by the Kings of Wessex.(The ditched Parish boundaries of Melton, Scalford and Ab Kettleby still meet here) for the local maintenance of justice, tax, agricultural policy and last but not least, the assembly point of military forces. A fyrdgate (Army road) passes the site from the south heading into the Vale of Belvoir.
This photo is looking south from Framland across the valley of the River Wreake with its concentration of Danish place names. In the distance is Burrough Hill and Billesdon Coplow.
Time, and the promise of a fry up in Melton prevent me from going on and on….and on. But, the study of Archaeology combined with the promise of Spring is a potent mix. I hope you enjoy it as much as I.