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Worcester College Lecture Theatre and Kitchen Project Worcester Street Oxford

Bashford, Robin Worcester College Lecture Theatre and Kitchen Project Worcester Street Oxford. [Client Report] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

In January 2012, Oxford Archaeology undertook a a field evaluation at Worcester College, Oxford (SP 509 064). The evaluation followed on from a watching brief which was maintained during the excavation of geotechnical test pits in December 2011 and January 2012. The works revealed at least two distinct phases of negative features truncating the natural terrace gravels. The earliest of these was not securely dated, but significantly the composition of the fills was similar to those from prehistoric and earlier medieval features excavated elsewhere in the city. The later phase of features appeared to comprise 15th-16th century (perhaps focussed around the immediate post-Dissolution period) pits of indeterminate function. The fills of these features were overlain by a series of probable garden soils/ or abandonement accumulation reflecting disuse or a market garden character for this area of the site, as depicted on a number of cartographic sources. In addition, to these features, a number of structural remains were also revealed. One of these was an east-west aligned wall which may correspond to a garden wall depicted on a 17th century engraving of the city, and be of medieval origin - the relationship between this structure and the garden soils mentioned above was unclear. The remaining structures are likely to correlate to outbuildings in the Kitchen courtyard which are shown on the 19th century OS 1st edition map.

Item Type:Client Report
Subjects:Period > UK Periods > Early Medieval 410 - 1066 AD
Period > UK Periods > Medieval 1066 - 1540 AD
ID Code:2528
Deposited By: Scott
Deposited On:23 Jun 2015 11:20
Last Modified:23 Jun 2015 11:20

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