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Station Road, Lower Stondon, Bedfordshire

Boothroyd, John and Broderick, Lee and Brown, Lisa and Cook, Sharon and Donnelly, Mike and Poole, Cynthia and Scott, Ian and Shaffrey, Ruth and Wachnik, Magda and Jones, Gary Station Road, Lower Stondon, Bedfordshire. [Client Report] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

In early September 2017, Oxford Archaeology undertook an archaeological evaluation at Station Road, Lower Stondon, Bedfordshire, on the site of a proposed housing development. A total of 18 trenches were excavated to target the results of a geophysical survey. Cropmarks within the site suggest the presence of Iron Age enclosures forming a small settlement in the central southern part of the site. This was confirmed by the results of the geophysical survey. The survey suggested that archaeological remains were confined to the area of the cropmarks with only features related to medieval or modern agricultural practices recorded across the rest of the site. Ditches recorded within the trenches correlate well with the focus of activity identified by the non-intrusive surveys. The nature of the features, along with the material culture, pottery sherds, butchered animal bone and quern stone fragments, are indicative of a small early to middle Iron Age settlement. Several ditches were also recorded to the east and west of the main focus of activity. Though not all these features are dated, some have a similar early to middle Iron Age date, with evidence suggesting continued use into the late Iron Age. These more isolated features have been interpreted as forming part of the rural hinterland supporting the small settlement recorded in the central southern part of the site. Post-medieval plough furrows were also present in the eastern half of the site.

Item Type:Client Report
Subjects:Geographical Areas > English Counties > Bedfordshire
Period > UK Periods > Iron Age 800 BC - 43 AD
Period > UK Periods > Post Medieval 1540 - 1901 AD
ID Code:4885
Deposited By: Scott
Deposited On:04 Jun 2019 14:02
Last Modified:04 Jun 2019 14:02

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