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Land West of Shottery Stratford-Upon-Avon Warwickshire

Moon, Kevin Land West of Shottery Stratford-Upon-Avon Warwickshire. [Client Report] (Unpublished)

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Between the 17th of February 2014 and the 14th of March 2014 Oxford Archaeology (OA) carried out an evaluation at land West of Shottery, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire. Rob Bourn of CgMs Consulting commissioned the work on behalf of Bloor Homes and Hallam Land Management. A total of 153 trenches were excavated in two blocks, following a geophysical survey which showed little obviously significant archaeology. Traces of ridge-andfurrow (the result of long-term medieval/ post-medieval 'open field' agriculture) were apparent on the geophysical survey throughout the evaluation area, but do not survive as earthworks. Traces of plough furrows were visible in many of the trenches. Prehistoric features include a possible human cremation burial in Trench 132 (containing 22g of burnt human bone) associated with four worked flints consistent with a Late Mesolithic or Early Neolithic date. The cremation deposit was dominated by charcoal with a few poorly preserved charred cereal grains present. A single sherd of Middle Neolithic Peterborough ware pottery was recovered from a ditch in the adjacent Trench 129. The results from Trenches 129 and 132, taken together, suggest that south-eastern field may contain an ephemeral Neolithic funerary site. A single N-S aligned Roman ditch in Trenches 112 and 114, and a small pit with a charcoal-rich fill in Trench 118 were the only probable Roman features encountered, which are tentatively dated on the basis of four sherds of pottery from four separate contexts. No remains of Anglo-Saxon date were found. Later medieval / postmedieval features include a single 14th-15th century rubbish pit in Trench 130, and several former field boundary ditches. A small group of hearths in Trench 48 has no associated dating evidence

Item Type:Client Report
Subjects:Period > UK Periods > Neolithic 4000 - 2200 BC > Early Neolithic 4000 - 3000 BC
Period > UK Periods > Medieval 1066 - 1540 AD
Period > UK Periods > Mesolithic 10,000 - 4,000 BC
Period > UK Periods > Post Medieval 1540 - 1901 AD
Period > UK Periods > Roman 43 - 410 AD
Geographical Areas > English Counties > Warwickshire
ID Code:2697
Deposited By: Scott
Deposited On:16 Dec 2015 15:00
Last Modified:23 Aug 2017 16:31

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