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Excavations at Brent Ditch 1992: An Interim Report

Robinson, Ben Excavations at Brent Ditch 1992: An Interim Report. [Client Report] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Two sections were excavated at Brent Ditch (TL 5145/4753) in advance of the destruction of a considerable segment due to road-widening activities. At this point the monument, presumed to be Anglo-Saxon, survives as a shallow linear depression running across cultivated land. Excavation revealed that the monument was much more substantial than previously thought. No bank has survived in this area though the ditch is well preserved. Its original profile was similar to those of Devil's Dyke and Fleam Dyke: exceptionally steep-sided and flat-bottomed. It had silted naturally with no signs of re-cutting and had consequently lost its sharp defensive profile quite soon after construction. Post-medieval cultivation has accounted for further accumulation of silts and its present shallow profile. Five Roman coins recovered from the basal fills (together with a fragment of human pelvis) indicate a post-2nd century date of construction.

Item Type:Client Report
Uncontrolled Keywords:Brent Ditch, 1992, Anglo-Saxon, ditch, Devil's Dyke, Fleam Dyke, defensive ditch, Roman coin, human bone, HSR, Cambridgeshire, interim report, A11, road widening, Worsted Street, Pampisford Hall, Icknield Way, Bran Ditch, Romano-British potsherd, clay pipes, post-medieval pottery, brick, dupondius, sestertii, Cambridgeshire dykes
Subjects:Geographical Areas > English Counties > Cambridgeshire
Period > UK Periods > Early Medieval 410 - 1066 AD
Period > UK Periods > Roman 43 - 410 AD
ID Code:4042
Deposited By: Archives
Deposited On:07 Aug 2018 14:01
Last Modified:07 Aug 2018 14:01

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