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Early Medieval Occupation and Related Features at Isleham Recreation Ground, Cambridgeshire

Rees, Gareth Early Medieval Occupation and Related Features at Isleham Recreation Ground, Cambridgeshire. Project Report. Oxford Archaeological Unit Ltd. (Submitted)

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Abstract

From the 21st to the 25th of May 2012 Oxford Archaeology East conducted an archaeological evaluation at Isleham Community Centre and recreation ground, Mill Street, Isleham (TL 6425 7403) in advance of the development of a new community centre with associated services and parking. Seven trenches were excavated totalling 147m in length. Two areas of occupation were uncovered dating to the early medieval period whilst a third may relate to medieval clunch processing. Occupation located to the south-west of the proposed development area consisted of a high density of features including postholes, pits and ditches. These features appear to have been bounded to the east and north by a ditched enclosure. Occupation identified to the east of the site consisted of a pit containing an articulated cow burial as well as eleven postholes indicative of houses or briars. These features were bounded to the west by a large ditch. A third area of activity to south of the development area, evidenced by a substantial chalk filled feature, may be evidence of clunch working in the medieval period. The site may have been part of a small holding with a primarily pastoral economy in the early medieval period. Environmental evidence suggests fish and grain was brought in to the site whilst the cow burial indicates the that livestock was kept on the site. This small holding may have been closely related to the priory and a lack of Ely ware ceramics suggests that this site went out of use around the time that the monks were moved to Linton. Clunch working may have continued on the site until the late medieval period with a sherd of Cistercian ware pottery from this area being the latest recovered from this evaluation.

Item Type:Monograph (Project Report)
Subjects:Geographical Areas > English Counties > Cambridgeshire
Period > UK Periods > Medieval 1066 - 1540 AD
ID Code:1303
Deposited By: Chris Faine
Deposited On:18 Dec 2013 09:00
Last Modified:18 Dec 2013 09:00

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