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Excavations of Early Medieval and Early Post-Medieval Features at 90-93 Broad Street, Reading

Norton, Andrew and Poore, Daniel (2007) Excavations of Early Medieval and Early Post-Medieval Features at 90-93 Broad Street, Reading. Oxford Archaeological Unit Ltd. ISBN 978-0-904220-42-1

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Abstract

Between February and April 2002 Oxford Archaeology carried out excavations at 90–93 Broad Street, Reading (NGR SU 7142 7342) in advance of a new retail development. The excavations revealed a cultivation soil and ditch that may have represented activity within the grounds of the Saxon Minster; a small assemblage of early to mid Saxon pottery was recovered from later deposits, including a single sherd of Ipswich ware. Medieval gravel pits, cess pits and a bell mould pit were revealed within the back yards of tenements fronting Broad St and Chain St, immediately to the north of St Mary’s Churchyard. It is likely that the bell mould pit was for the casting of a 13th-century bell for St Mary’s. The pits contained exceptional assemblages of bird, fish and animal bone, suggestive of primary butchery and skinning in the vicinity, as well as the presence of a high status household. There were also notable assemblages of 11th- to 13th-century pottery and 16th- to 17th-century glass.

Item Type:Book
Subjects:Period > UK Periods > Early Medieval 410 - 1066 AD
Period > UK Periods > Post Medieval 1540 - 1901 AD
Geographical Areas > English Counties > Berkshire
ID Code:380
Deposited By: Joseph Reeves
Deposited On:29 Nov 2010 18:10
Last Modified:22 Dec 2011 14:35

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