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Gainsborough Building Bath

OAU, OAU Gainsborough Building Bath. [Client Report] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

In November 2006 Oxford Archaeology (OA) carried out an additional investigation to the field evaluation carried out in June at the Gainsborough Building, Beau Street, Bath (NGR ST74966460) on behalf of Bath Hotel and Spa Ltd. The work consisted of four trenches. One was an extension of one of those dug in June and the other three were new. The trenches were intended to provide information to confirm that the archaeological impact of foundation and pool design of the proposed development of the Gainsborough Building be mitigated successfully by the design proposals contained in the evaluation report. Two trenches were dug to investigate the depth of the footings of the southern range fronting Lower Borough Walls, and two were opened to confirm the presence and depth of archaeological deposits in areas that be affected by the construction of the intended pools. It was found that the depths and character of the deposits in the original evaluation trenches could be considered typical. The results of the southern two trenches were less clear. Investigations along the southern wall were confused by the presence of probably 18th century footings and more Roman remains, preventing fuller interpretation. The northern foundations were over 2.6 metres deep, but archaeological deposits continued to at least the same depth. Nonetheless, by comparing the known and extrapolated depths of the pre-Roman ground surface in the vicinity, a strong case can be that the footings of the existing buildings do continue into the natural strata and that the base of the archaeological deposits are not likely to be more than about 0.30 metres below the base of the deepest trench

Item Type:Client Report
Subjects:Geographical Areas > English Counties > Somerset
Period > UK Periods > Post Medieval 1540 - 1901 AD
ID Code:4594
Deposited By: Scott
Deposited On:18 Jan 2019 09:37
Last Modified:18 Jan 2019 09:37

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