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The Vicarage White Horse Lane Whitchurch

Anker, Katrina The Vicarage White Horse Lane Whitchurch. [Client Report] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Oxford Archaeology was commissioned by the Diocese of Oxford to undertake an archaeological evaluation within the grounds of the Vicarage and the neighbouring church hall in advance of submission of a planning application for re-development. The evaluation was undertaken in November 2011 and consisted of three trial trenches and a single test pit. The excavations were targeted upon the footprints of proposed new building development and represented an approximate 20% sample of the new build footprint. Trench 1 contained the remains of a tree throw which extended beyond the northern trench limit and a small area of root action. The tree throw contained fragments of 19th century pottery and several fragments of residual late medieval pottery. Trench 2 was devoid of archaeological remains. Trench 3 contained a re-cut ESE-WNW orientated ditch. Fragments of late medieval pottery were recovered from both phases of the ditch along with fragments of residual Anglo-Saxon pottery. The ditch was sealed by 0.70m of modern overburden. Trench 4 contained two small areas of bioturbation, an undated mortar-filled posthole and the remains of a hearth base constructed from fragments of unworked limestone. An extension to Trench 4 revealed the extent of the hearth and demonstrated that no associated features survived within the extended area. Fragments of tile recovered from the hearth and overlying deposit dated to the 14th- 16th century. Some of the tile was burnt and soot stained suggesting it had possibly been re-used and incorporated as hearth edging. Pottery in the overlying demolition/levelling layer dated to the 17th-18th century.

Item Type:Client Report
Subjects:Geographical Areas > English Counties > Buckinghamshire
Period > UK Periods > Medieval 1066 - 1540 AD
Period > UK Periods > Post Medieval 1540 - 1901 AD
ID Code:1011
Deposited By: Scott
Deposited On:27 Feb 2013 12:41
Last Modified:18 Apr 2013 16:10

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