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Beggarwood Park Community Facility and Car Park, Basingstoke

Davies, Alex Beggarwood Park Community Facility and Car Park, Basingstoke. [Client Report] (Unpublished)

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Oxford Archaeology was commissioned by Basingstoke and Dean Borough Council to undertake an archaeological excavation of the site of a proposed Community Facility and Car Park north of the Beggarwood housing estate, Basingstoke, Hampshire, SU 60036 48252. Guidance for the work required has been provided by David Hopkins, County Archaeologist for Hampshire County Council. Limited excavations uncovered a small number of features, primarily of Roman date. Episodic earlier prehistoric activity is suggested by the presence of redeposited flint. A single Iron Age pit was excavated, alongside four Roman pits, three of which were intercutting, a Roman ditch, three undated postholes, and a further uncertain feature. Early Roman redeposited material was discovered, although the meagre ceramic evidence suggests Roman activity might have focused in the third century. No certain fourth century material was uncovered, although broad date ranges remain for much the Roman pottery. The small size of the ceramic assemblage precludes further analysis. The remains of a Roman neonatal inhumation were recovered, probably dating to the third century or before. Activity at the site might relate to a possible nearby Roman cemetery, although equally the periphery of a settlement might have been exposed.

Item Type:Client Report
Subjects:Period > UK Periods > Iron Age 800 BC - 43 AD
Period > UK Periods > Roman 43 - 410 AD
ID Code:3272
Deposited By: Scott
Deposited On:03 Aug 2017 10:47
Last Modified:03 Aug 2017 10:47

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