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Ruskin Hall, Dunstan Road, Oxford Archaeological Evaluation and Watching Brief Report

Brady, Kate Ruskin Hall, Dunstan Road, Oxford Archaeological Evaluation and Watching Brief Report. [Client Report] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Oxford Archaeology undertook an evaluation and a watching brief within the Headington grounds of Ruskin College on behalf of the College prior to redevelopment. This took the form of the excavation of four trial trenches to investigate the impact areas of a new extension to Grade II listed Rookery, and a watching brief on service trenches associated with the development. The combined works identified a possible Roman ditch and a variety of postmedieval features and structures to the west of The Rookery. The Roman ditch is consistent with previous discoveries along the western fringe of the college grounds suggesting occupation along a raised finger of land. The walls probably represent the remains of an ancillary building or garden walls and a coal cellar. The finds suggest that the features are contemporary with the use of The Rookery, which was built in the 17th century, and pre-date the 20th century. The service trenches and evaluation trenches to the east of The Rookery revealed features relating to water management of 17th- to 19thcentury date, including several lengths of culvert, a well and a possible cistern/tank. At least one of the culverts is likely to relate to the primary or early phases of construction of The Rookery.

Item Type:Client Report
Subjects:Geographical Areas > English Counties > Oxfordshire
Period > UK Periods > Post Medieval 1540 - 1901 AD
Period > UK Periods > Roman 43 - 410 AD
ID Code:4149
Deposited By: Scott
Deposited On:08 Aug 2018 07:36
Last Modified:08 Aug 2018 07:36

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