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Shap to Watchgate Pipeline, Cumbria. Topographic Survey, Evaluation, Watching Brief and Stratigraphic Survey.

Gajos, Paul and Schofield, Peter (2005) Shap to Watchgate Pipeline, Cumbria. Topographic Survey, Evaluation, Watching Brief and Stratigraphic Survey. Project Report. Oxford Archaeology North. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Oxford Archaeology North (OA North) was commissioned by United Utilities to carry out a programme of archaeological investigation along the proposed route of a pipeline between Shap, Cumbria (NY 5615 1256) and Watchgate, Cumbria (SD 5307 9815). The work entailed a topographic survey of a cairnfield at Wickers Gill/Turnmire Bottom, an archaeological evaluation along the entire route and an archaeological watching brief was maintained during groundwork in areas considered to be archaeologically sensitive. A stratigraphic survey was carried out through a natural basin at Demings moss followed by a palynological assessment of paleobotanic cores from this area. The fieldwork was carried out between March and September 2004. The cairnfield survey identified 56 individual monuments which were accurately mapped; this was required so as to inform the design of an alternative route for the pipeline around the monument. The survey demonstrated that the cairnfield had a complex development, which was initially a small randomly scattered group of cairns. This developed with the introduction of a small field system and a stone-founded round house. There was subsequent activity on the site during the medieval and post-medieval periods.

Item Type:Monograph (Project Report)
Subjects:Geographical Areas > English Counties > Cumbria
Period > UK Periods > Medieval 1066 - 1540 AD
Period > UK Periods > Modern 1901 - present
Period > UK Periods > Post Medieval 1540 - 1901 AD
ID Code:4873
Deposited By: Watson
Deposited On:30 May 2019 13:01
Last Modified:30 May 2019 13:01

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