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Dales Manor Business Park, Sawston, Cambridgeshire

Graham, Steven (2018) Dales Manor Business Park, Sawston, Cambridgeshire. Project Report. Oxford Archaeology Ltd, Bar Hill, Cambridgeshire. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Between the 9th and 17th of January 2018, Oxford Archaeology East conducted a trial trench archaeological evaluation at Dales Manor Business Park, Sawston, Cambridgeshire (centred TL 4902 5043). The evaluation consisted of nine trenches, excavated within the proposed development area for warehouses, business units, car parking and loading bays. The trenching demonstrated that the north-western half of the site had been extensively disturbed by early 20th century quarrying and earthmoving operations, rendering most of this zone archaeologically sterile. The south-eastern half of the site had also been disturbed by levelling, removing almost all of the former topsoil and subsoil horizons, except in very localised patches. However, archaeological survival was found in two areas of the site, focused upon Trenches 3, 8 and 9. The remains uncovered here comprised ditches and pits, with features concentrated in Trenches 8 and 9 in the north-east corner of the site. None of the features could be be securely dated, but the finds recovered were exclusively prehistoric and included a small number of worked and burnt flints, a single abraded sherd of later Iron Age pottery and fragments of animal bone. It is tentatively suggested that these features belong to a prehistoric boundary system with associated pits. The survival of this system across the southern half of the site is likely to be very limited.

Item Type:Monograph (Project Report)
Uncontrolled Keywords:archaeological evaluation, cambridgeshire, sawston, prehistoric, iron age, boundary, modern, quarrying, disturbance
Subjects:Geographical Areas > English Counties > Cambridgeshire
Period > UK Periods > Iron Age 800 BC - 43 AD
Period > UK Periods > Iron Age 800 BC - 43 AD > Middle Iron Age 400 - 100 BC
Period > UK Periods > Modern 1901 - present
ID Code:3514
Deposited By: Chris Faine
Deposited On:26 Mar 2018 07:31
Last Modified:26 Mar 2018 07:31

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