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Amen Corner Bracknell Berkshire

Vellet, Peter Amen Corner Bracknell Berkshire. [Client Report] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Oxford Archaeology South (OAS) was commissioned by CgMs Consulting on behalf of Bellway Homes Limited (North London) to undertake an archaeological evaluation of the site of a proposed mixed use development comprising housing, a primary school, SANG (Suitable Alternative Green Space) and associated facilities centred on SU 83777 69324. The work was undertaken in February 2016. A total of 43 trenches were excavated across the site, of which 38 measured 50m by 2m and five measured 30m by 2m. The trenches were laid out in a grid formation to insure maximum coverage of the area under investigation, provide a good general coverage of the site and to target geophysical and LiDAR anomalies. Two linear features consistent with boundary and/or drainage ditches were identified along the southern extent of the site and were indicative of some degree of land division. Both were dated to the early-mid Iron Age. A third boundary and/or drainage ditch, dating from the late Iron Age to early Roman period, was also identified and most likely represents a later phase and continuation of activity on site. Land division in the post-medieval period was also evidenced by three boundary and/or drainage ditches, identified through a combination of recovered artefactual materials and cartographic sources. An additional four ditches were identified, although no dating evidence was recovered from these. It can be assumed that these represented further land division and drainage. Further evidence was also found for agricultural activity of late post-medieval date across the site in the form of field drainage. The late 19th century OS mapping for the area shows that the southwestern area was used for gravel quarrying and elements of this were identified.

Item Type:Client Report
Subjects:Geographical Areas > English Counties > Berkshire
Period > UK Periods > Iron Age 800 BC - 43 AD
Period > UK Periods > Post Medieval 1540 - 1901 AD
ID Code:2826
Deposited By: Scott
Deposited On:06 May 2016 09:32
Last Modified:06 May 2016 09:32

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