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A Late Iron Age/Early Roman Enclosed Settlement at Basing View, Basingstoke Archaeological Excavation Report

Allen, Martyn and Boothroyd, John and Allen, Leigh and Brady, Kate and Cook, Sharon and Donnelly, Mike and Knight, Robert and Poole, Cynthia and Scott, Ian and Shaffrey, Ruth and Webb, Helen and Gane, Lucy and Kilgour, Anne A Late Iron Age/Early Roman Enclosed Settlement at Basing View, Basingstoke Archaeological Excavation Report. [Client Report] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

In 2018 Oxford Archaeology (OA) was commissioned by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council to undertake an archaeological excavation on the site of a proposed commercial development (planning reference: 17/03775/FUL). The excavation revealed the remains of an Early Roman enclosed settlement that possibly originated at the very end of the Iron Age. The site consisted of a rectilinear enclosure, a series of intercutting pit groups (possibly chalk quarrying), and numerous postholes representing several possible structures. Pottery from the site suggests that the enclosure was laid out in the first or second decade after the Roman conquest of AD 43. A sunken rectilinear feature, containing a neonate burial, in the northeast corner of the enclosure may be the remains of a small building. A very small number of features dating to the early 2nd century represent a final phase of activity before the site’s abandonment. After this point, sporadic Late Roman finds suggest that local activity was focussed elsewhere.

Item Type:Client Report
Subjects:Geographical Areas > English Counties > Hampshire
Period > UK Periods > Roman 43 - 410 AD
ID Code:4874
Deposited By: Scott
Deposited On:31 May 2019 09:26
Last Modified:31 May 2019 09:26

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