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7-11 St John Street Oxford

Bashford, Robin 7-11 St John Street Oxford. [Client Report] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Between July and August 2014, Oxford Archaeology (OA) undertook an archaeological watching brief at 7-11 St John Street, Oxford (SP 510 066). The watching brief revealed the sand and gravel of the second (Summertown-Radley) gravel terrace which was overlain by a post-glacial loessic subsoil. The subsoil and gravel had been truncated by a steep-sided feature which was only partially revealed within the trench for a new light-well to the rear of number 11. The composition of the fill was predominantly re-deposited loess, which is characteristic of pre-historic and late Saxon features excavated elsewhere within the city. A number of Bronze Age ring ditches have been excavated in the immediate vicinity of the site, and it is feasible that this feature represents one such. However, no dating evidence was recovered and the shape of the feature in plan was uncertain. Additionally, a possible pit – also undated – was revealed within the same trench. The loess and the fills of the features were overlain by a homogeneous, humic deposit which is likely to represent a buried topsoil. This deposit and the fill of the steep-sided feature had been truncated by a stone-lined, square-cut pit, the fills of which produced a large quantity of mid-late 19thcentury artefactual material. It is likely that this represents a stone-lined cess pit to the rear of number 11, which was backfilled in the 1870s following the introduction of mains sewerage into the city.

Item Type:Client Report
Subjects:Geographical Areas > English Counties > Oxfordshire
Period > UK Periods > Bronze Age 2500 - 700 BC
Period > UK Periods > Early Medieval 410 - 1066 AD
Period > UK Periods > Post Medieval 1540 - 1901 AD
ID Code:5224
Deposited By: Scott
Deposited On:15 Aug 2019 16:31
Last Modified:15 Aug 2019 16:31

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