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Nightingale Lane, Downham Market, Norfolk Archaeological Fieldwalking Survey

Bush, Louise (2011) Nightingale Lane, Downham Market, Norfolk Archaeological Fieldwalking Survey. Project Report. Oxford Archaeological Unit Ltd. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

On the 8th and 9th June 2011, Oxford Archaeology East carried out an archaeological fieldwalking survey across a c.22ha area in Downham Market, Norfolk (TF 616 023). The area surveyed encompassed fields containing sugar beet crop adjacent to Nightingale Lane and immediately north of the A1122. The fieldwalking survey has shown the presence of prehistoric (Neolithic to Iron Age) activity across much of the site. The finds collected ranged in date from the early Neolithic through to post-medieval and modern. Of particular significance was a worked flint scatter in the central and south-eastern portion of the site. A number of tools were found including a leaf shaped arrowhead and the assemblage is thought to be Neolithic to Early Bronze Age in date, in addition part of the assemblage may date to the mid-late Bronze Age and possibly later. A small number of medieval pottery sherds were found, probably the result of manuring fields. The majority of the finds recovered across the entire area although slightly more dense towards the north were post-medieval in date, and included a high density of clay pipe and ceramic building material (CBM). A cluster of oyster shell was also found on the north-eastern side of the study area. These finds are all likely to derive from manuring of fields.

Item Type:Monograph (Project Report)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Archaeological fieldwalking
Subjects:Geographical Areas > English Counties > Norfolk
Period > UK Periods > Bronze Age 2500 - 700 BC
Period > UK Periods > Bronze Age 2500 - 700 BC > Early Bronze Age 2500 - 1500 BC
Period > UK Periods > Iron Age 800 BC - 43 AD > Early Iron Age 800 - 400 BC
Period > UK Periods > Early Medieval 410 - 1066 AD
Period > UK Periods > Neolithic 4000 - 2200 BC > Early Neolithic 4000 - 3000 BC
Period > UK Periods > Iron Age 800 BC - 43 AD
Period > UK Periods > Bronze Age 2500 - 700 BC > Late Bronze Age 1000 - 700 BC
Period > UK Periods > Iron Age 800 BC - 43 AD > Late Iron Age 100 BC - 43 AD
Period > UK Periods > Neolithic 4000 - 2200 BC > Late Neolithic 2700 - 2200 BC
Period > UK Periods > Medieval 1066 - 1540 AD
Period > UK Periods > Bronze Age 2500 - 700 BC > Middle Bronze Age 1600 - 1,000 BC
Period > UK Periods > Iron Age 800 BC - 43 AD > Middle Iron Age 400 - 100 BC
Period > UK Periods > Neolithic 4000 - 2200 BC > Middle Neolithic 3500 - 2700 BC
Period > UK Periods > Modern 1901 - present
Period > UK Periods > Neolithic 4000 - 2200 BC
Period > UK Periods > Post Medieval 1540 - 1901 AD
Period > UK Periods > Roman 43 - 410 AD
ID Code:1130
Deposited By: Chris Faine
Deposited On:21 May 2013 12:02
Last Modified:21 May 2013 12:02

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