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Cambridge International School, Little Abington

Bush, Louise (2016) Cambridge International School, Little Abington. Project Report. Oxford Archaeology Ltd, Bar Hill, Cambridgeshire. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Between the 11th and the 18th of July 2016, Oxford Archaeology East conducted a trial trench evaluation on land at the Cambridge International School, Little Abington, Cambridgeshire (TL 5226 4960). A total of 12 trenches were excavated across the proposed development site, 5 of which were targeted upon geophysical survey anomalies. The geophysical survey had identified a large circular monument and two north-west to south-east aligned ditches at its north-eastern side. The fieldwork confirmed the presence of a probable Neolithic henge monument, which had originally been identified by geophysical survey. A further anomaly, interpreted as a possible Neolithic long barrow in the geophysical survey and in an earlier aerial photographic survey, proved to be of natural origin, being a substantial solution hollow within the chalk natural. A small number of north-west to south-east aligned ditches were uncovered on the site, undated but possibly of Middle Bronze Age date, and a broad colluvial spread at the base of the slope. Artefactual remains from the site consisted of a very small assemblage of abraded pottery dating from the Early Iron Age through to the Early Roman period. An equally small assemblage of Neolithic struck flint and an even lesser quantity of animal bone was also recovered. The majority of the finds were not in contextually secure locations, having come from the uppermost fills of the solution hollow and from the colluvial spread. A small number of struck flints were collected from the uppermost fill of the henge ditch and a very small amount of animal bone from the basal fill of the ditch.

Item Type:Monograph (Project Report)
Uncontrolled Keywords:archaeological evaluation, cambridgeshire, little abington, neolithic, bronze age, henge, long barrow, middle bronze age, flint, iron age pottery, solution hollow
Subjects:Geographical Areas > English Counties > Cambridgeshire
Period > UK Periods > Bronze Age 2500 - 700 BC
Period > UK Periods > Iron Age 800 BC - 43 AD
Period > UK Periods > Bronze Age 2500 - 700 BC > Middle Bronze Age 1600 - 1,000 BC
Period > UK Periods > Neolithic 4000 - 2200 BC
Period > UK Periods > Roman 43 - 410 AD
ID Code:3273
Deposited By: Chris Faine
Deposited On:10 Aug 2017 11:59
Last Modified:10 Aug 2017 11:59

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