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Stanton Harcourt Airfield, Oxfordshire

Sims, Mike Stanton Harcourt Airfield, Oxfordshire. [Client Report] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Between the 13th and 17th of June 2016 Oxford Archaeology conducted an archaeological trial trench evaluation at Stanton Harcourt Airfield, Oxfordshire. The evaluation trenches were targeted on the results of a geophysical survey and the plot of cropmarks from aerial photographs. Possibly the earliest feature uncovered was a curvilinear ditch potentially defining a round barrow. Other trenches exposed a comprehensive system of drove roads and field boundary ditches dating to the earlier part of the Romano-British period, and which generally corresponded with geophysical anomalies and the aerial photographs. The Romano-British archaeology was most dense within the north-west corner of the evaluated area, with the presence of numerous postholes and domestic refuse suggesting occupation in the vicinity. Within the southern part of the site the frequency of finds was reduced, indicating that these areas were further away from any focus of occupation and probably more agricultural in nature. Evidence for small scale gravel extraction possibly from the earlier post-medieval period was also observed, as was evidence for the machine cultivation of the site shown by tooth marks from “Gyro-Tiller” machinery, observed within the surface of the gravel deposits throughout the northern half of the site.

Item Type:Client Report
Subjects:Geographical Areas > English Counties > Oxfordshire
Period > UK Periods > Post Medieval 1540 - 1901 AD
Period > UK Periods > Roman 43 - 410 AD
ID Code:3157
Deposited By: Scott
Deposited On:06 Mar 2017 14:07
Last Modified:06 Mar 2017 14:07

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