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M20 Junction 10a, Ashford, Kent

McIntyre, Lauren M20 Junction 10a, Ashford, Kent. [Client Report] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Oxford Archaeology was commissioned by Highways England to undertake an archaeological evaluation at the site of the M20 Junction 10a improvements, Ashford, Kent. The evaluation comprised 69 trenches, which were located to investigate anomalies identified during a preceding geophysical survey. A modest number of archaeological features were identified during survey and evaluation trenching, including 36 linear features such as ditches that may be indicative of the past field systems. Seven possible cremation burials were uncovered in Area 4. Two possible palaeochannels were present, as well as one pond. Post-medieval and modern features were concentrated in Area 1: three post-medieval field boundaries were identified which correlated with boundaries on the first edition Ordnance Survey map. Limited quantities of artefacts were recovered during the evaluation, which has made the dating of most features highly uncertain. A small number of features produced broadly datable artefacts. Dateable features were mostly medieval, but also contained residual prehistoric artefacts. A palaeochannel in Area 2 contained medieval pottery. Residual flint found in several features spread across the site most likely relates to an area of prehistoric tool production and use. The geophysical survey, trial trenching, archaeological walkover survey and evaluation trenching provide a robust assessment of the site’s archaeological potential. However, the scarcity of artefacts and other evidence limits what can be said regarding the significance of the remains

Item Type:Client Report
Subjects:Geographical Areas > English Counties > Kent
Period > UK Periods > Medieval 1066 - 1540 AD
Period > UK Periods > Palaeolithic 500 000 - 10 000 BC
ID Code:5484
Deposited By: Scott
Deposited On:24 Sep 2019 09:13
Last Modified:24 Sep 2019 09:13

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