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Calvert Pit Buckinghamshire

Sykes, Dan Calvert Pit Buckinghamshire. [Client Report] (Unpublished)

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Oxford Archaeology was commissioned by FCC Environment to complete a programme of archaeological investigation at Greatmoor, Calvert, Buckinghamshire. The fieldwork was undertaken prior to an extension of a former clay extraction quarry, for which planning permission was granted in 2012 (Ref: 11/20000/AWD), to provide material for engineered backfilling and landscaping work. The fieldwork comprised two elements: a strip, map and sample excavation (Area B) and a trial trench evaluation (Area C). The fieldwork was undertaken in accordance with the Written Scheme of Investigation (WSI) approved under condition 16 of the aforementioned planning consent. The strip, map and sample excavation of Area B was completed in August 2016 uncovering an area of approximately 1ha. This revealed an arrangement of shallow linear ditches with one part appearing to define a small enclosure. However, despite extensive excavation of the ditch fills, no artefactual evidence was encountered to suggest an ancient origin for these features or a more conclusive enclosure arrangement. In contrast, only occasional modern artefacts were recovered suggesting a 19th-20th century origin with these ditches mostly appearing to converge upon the existing deeper drainage ditch aligned N-S across the site. Therefore, it is likely that these reflect historical land drainage rather than more ancient, settlement-related activities. No archaeological features or deposits of significance were encountered within the evaluation of Area C.

Item Type:Client Report
Subjects:Geographical Areas > English Counties > Buckinghamshire
Period > UK Periods > Post Medieval 1540 - 1901 AD
ID Code:3118
Deposited By: Scott
Deposited On:12 Jan 2017 10:56
Last Modified:12 Jan 2017 10:56

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