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Archaeological Excavation and Additional Evaluation at Land South of Wheel Road, Alpington, Norfolk

Nicholls, Kathryn (2015) Archaeological Excavation and Additional Evaluation at Land South of Wheel Road, Alpington, Norfolk. Project Report. Oxford Archaeological Unit Ltd, Bar Hill. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Between the 3rd and 5th of August 2015, Oxford Archaeology East undertook a programme of excavation at land south of Wheel Road, Alpington, Norfolk (TG 29319 01823). The excavation was focussed on an area of post-holes revealed in an earlier evaluation which suggested the presence of a post-built structure located along the roadside. The excavation revealed 13 further post-holes together with a small number of shallow pits and a gully. Some of the post-holes appear to form part of at least one rectangular structure, although no datable finds were recovered from the building or surrounding features. Three 20m long trenches were also excavated around the excavation area to investigate the potential for further occupation remains and associated activity. Two of these trenches revealed linear features aligned north to south, that are likely to have been medieval or post-medieval field boundaries perpendicular to the road. One yielded a small abraded sherd of pottery of Roman or post-Roman date. Three additional undated post-holes were also found at the northern end of Trench 6, close to the frontage. The shape of the building uncovered in the excavation area and the near absence of finds or environmental remains from surrounding features indicates that the structure was an agricultural building/barn located away from any focus of contemporary settlement. Given the building's alignment along the road frontage it is tentatively suggested that the structure was of medieval or later date.

Item Type:Monograph (Project Report)
Uncontrolled Keywords:archaeological excavation, archaeological evaluation, Norfolk, Alpington
Subjects:Geographical Areas > English Counties > Norfolk
Period > UK Periods > Medieval 1066 - 1540 AD
Period > UK Periods > Modern 1901 - present
ID Code:2688
Deposited By: Chris Faine
Deposited On:30 Nov 2015 09:48
Last Modified:30 Nov 2015 09:48

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