Northampton archaeologists find 13th Century malting oven

Northampton malting oven The grain malting oven still had charring from fires lit in the 13th Century

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A medieval barley malting oven dating back to the 13th Century has been discovered by archaeologists excavating a site where an office block is to be built in Northampton.

The dig in Bridge Street is one of the largest excavations in the town for more than 30 years.

The kiln is almost perfectly preserved with charring marks on the hearth.

The dig continues until September and the archaeologists plan to remove the oven before the office block is built.

Jugs Other discoveries like these jugs suggest the site was a centre of commercial activity

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