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Land West of Brize Norton Road Minster Lovell Oxfordshire

Vellet, Peter Land West of Brize Norton Road Minster Lovell Oxfordshire. [Client Report] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Oxford Archaeology South (OAS) was commissioned by Ede Homes Ltd to undertake an archaeological evaluation of the site of a proposed residential development centred on NGR SP 3107 1040. The work was undertaken in May 2016. A total of 13 trenches were excavated and arranged to provide an even coverage of the site and to target geophysical anomalies. The site encompassed two former land holdings associated with the 1842 Charterville Allotments in an area of Minster Lovell known as Charterville. These were represented by existing perimeter boundaries and an extant E-W-aligned embankment bisecting the site, as well as a series of parallel ditches confined to the southern of the two allotments. These ditches most likely served as sub-dividing boundaries within this land holding, as well as fulfilling a drainage and/or irrigation function. Post-medieval activity within the site was represented by a single ENW-WSWaligned boundary ditch identified as a geophysical anomaly and excavated in two separate trenches. Artefactual, stratigraphic and cartographic evidence indicated that this boundary ditch comprised part of a field system pre-dating the 1842 Charterville Allotments. While no direct prehistoric activity, settlement or otherwise, was recorded within the site, a natural feature was found to contain material dated to the early Bronze Age. The early Bronze Age pottery and a notable quantity of hazelnut shells recovered from its basal fill were interpreted as residual, most likely belonging to a buried soil deposited through natural processes. Several pits, probable quarry pits and natural features were also identified, although these were recorded as undated as no artefactual material was recovered.

Item Type:Client Report
Subjects:Geographical Areas > English Counties > Oxfordshire
Period > UK Periods > Post Medieval 1540 - 1901 AD
ID Code:2851
Deposited By: Scott
Deposited On:27 Jun 2016 14:52
Last Modified:27 Jun 2016 14:52

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