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Land to rear of Cleeve Cottages, Icknield Road, Goring

McIntosh, Robert Land to rear of Cleeve Cottages, Icknield Road, Goring. [Client Report] (Unpublished)

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Oxford Archaeology (OA) was commissioned by Elegant Homes (Goring) Limited to undertake an archaeological evaluation at the site of a proposed housing development at land to the rear of Cleeve Cottages, Icknield Road, Goring, Oxfordshire (SU 6078 8157). The site sits towards the base of slope with hills rising to the west and north. The route of the Icknield Way, a Roman routeway with possible prehistoric origins, is thought to pass nearby to the Site. Six trenches, positioned to cover the area of impact were excavated across the Site. A small number of possible archaeological features were observed and all were sample excavated, but did not yield any material culture, and it is entirely possible these had resulted from relatively recent bioturbation. A SW-NE orientated 15m wide flinty loam-rich deposit was recorded overlying chalk-rich colluvium. This was investigated in a number of sondages, where it was consistently composed of a high density of flint nodules and gravel loosely packed within a reddish-brown silty matrix measuring between 0.2 – 0.4m thick, but with no evidence for any metaling, compaction, or wheel ruts on its’ surface. Although this deposit is orientated parallel to the contours of the hillslope to west and north (as would be expected of a routeway) it is probable that it was a result of a significant but localised colluvial event rather than representing a man-made surface. Deposits of chalk-rich colluvium containing flint nodules extended below the flinty-gravel spread to a depth of c. 3m below ground level where chalk bedrock was encountered.

Item Type:Client Report
Subjects:Geographical Areas > English Counties > Oxfordshire
ID Code:5230
Deposited By: Scott
Deposited On:16 Aug 2019 14:36
Last Modified:16 Aug 2019 14:36

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