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Radstone Technology Site, Towcester, Northamptonshire

Sims, Mike and Bashford, Robin Radstone Technology Site, Towcester, Northamptonshire. [Client Report] (Unpublished)

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In July and October 2004 Oxford Archaeology (OA) carried out a two phased field evaluation at the Radstone Technology Site, Water Lane, Towcester, Northamptonshire (NGR: SP 691 485) on behalf of John Samuels Archaeological Consultants. The site was divided into 2 areas by Water Lane; Block A to the west and Block B to the east. Block B was situated over the projected course of the Roman road from Towcester to Alchester and revealed extensive evidence of 1st-2nd century boundary ditches, pits and a limestone wall footing, although there was no conclusive evidence of the Alchester road. Evidence of 3rd-4th century ditches and gullies was also recovered. Evaluation to the north of Block A revealed evidence of 1st-2nd century plot boundaries and gullies and a possible limestone wall footing. Three 3rd-4th century inhumations were also excavated and the western extent of the burials appeared to be defined by a re-cut of a section of one of the earlier plot boundaries. As a result of the preliminary results of the evaluation in this area, a subsequent excavation was undertaken which revealed a further 25 burials, a possible southern boundary to the cemetery and evidence of 1st-2nd century activity to the extreme north of Block A. Although the results of the excavation will be the subject of a forthcoming report, they are relevant here in that they informed the post-excavation interpretation of a number of features revealed within Block A during the evaluation The trenches excavated to the south of Block A were subject to flooding and features observed were therefore not fully characterised. However, a sequence of alluvial deposits overlying the natural geology was recorded, together with a number of features of Roman date.

Item Type:Client Report
Subjects:Geographical Areas > English Counties > Northamptonshire
Period > UK Periods > Roman 43 - 410 AD
ID Code:1062
Deposited By: Scott
Deposited On:23 Apr 2013 10:01
Last Modified:23 Apr 2013 10:01

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