catsle studies trust

Excavation at Laughton-en-le-Morthen Castle

Sum awarded: £1,200

Laughton-en-le-Morthen is a well preserved motte-and-bailey castle, with a 9m tall mound next to a kidney-shaped enclosure. As the site is not mentioned in medieval documents, archaeology offers the best way to learn about the castle. Its preservation makes it ideal for investigation and in 2018 Duncan Wright and Aerial-Cam carried out photographic and geophysical surveys on the castle.

Building on last year’s project, which established that the castle was built on a Saxon manorial site, Duncan Wright is returning to Laughton for the first excavations. The trenches will investigate features identified in 2018, and aim to establish a the site’s chronology.

Laughton-en-le-Morthen

Photo by Mike Nield

Laughton report (11.8MB PDF) 2018