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Land Off Penrhos Road, Bangor, Gwynedd

Bradley, Jeremy (2013) Land Off Penrhos Road, Bangor, Gwynedd. Project Report. Oxford Archaeology North. (Submitted)

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Abstract

Redrow Homes commissioned Oxford Archaeology North (OA North) to undertake an archaeological investigation to inform a planning application for residential development occupying nearly 14ha of agricultural land off Penrhos Road, Bangor, Gwynedd (NGR centred SH 55488 69830). The site is known to have high potential for the presence of buried archaeological remains, with prehistoric barrows known in the vicinity, one of which is on the site and is a scheduled monument (Cn 376; PRN 22), together with querns, a probable burnt mound, and two intercutting ditches discovered in the area. The investigation was carried out in a phased manner, with each stage informing the next, and in consultation with Gwynedd Archaeological Planning Service (GAPS), in accordance with their brief. The first stage was undertaken during July and August 2012, and included a desk-based assessment and geophysical survey to establish the archaeological resource and its significance across the site, together with a watching brief maintained during a Phase 1 geotechnical site investigation (SI) of 50 test pits. This initial stage of work revealed 43 known heritage assets within the study area, including a group of possible barrows identified from aerial photographic survey. The geophysical survey revealed a complexity of anomalies, including clusters of circular features, and at least two distinct field systems. During the watching brief, a pit containing burnt stone and charcoal was discovered, and material from the features was retained and submitted for radiocarbon assay. The presence of two barrows and a burnt mound, plus place-name and documentary evidence, were also indicators of the likely presence of previously unidentified sub-surface remains of archaeological interest within the proposed development area.

Item Type:Monograph (Project Report)
Subjects:Geographical Areas > Welsh Unitary Authorities > Gwynedd
Period > UK Periods > Bronze Age 2500 - 700 BC
Period > UK Periods > Medieval 1066 - 1540 AD
Period > UK Periods > Post Medieval 1540 - 1901 AD
ID Code:1368
Deposited By: Mr Peter Schofield
Deposited On:07 Feb 2014 12:45
Last Modified:07 Feb 2014 12:45

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