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Fobney Island, Reading, Berkshire

Champness, Carl (2011) Fobney Island, Reading, Berkshire. Project Report. Oxford Archaeological Unit Ltd. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

In October 2010, Oxford Archaeology South undertook an archaeological evaluation at Fobney Island, Reading, Berkshire for Jacobs Engineering Ltd on behalf of the Environment Agency. The evaluation aimed to assess the likely impacts of the creation of a new habitat restoration project within the island on the buried archaeological remains and important floodplain sequence known within the Kennet Valley. Six trenches and six boreholes were used to evaluate the site to assess its archaeological and palaeoenvironmental potential. The boreholes successfully identified and mapped a 3m deep stratified sequence of fluvial sands, silty clay alluvium and organic silts. Mapping of the sedimentary sequence revealed a possible Late Glacial channel, infilled with organic silts, peats and silty clay alluviums. A series of undated channels and buried surfaces were also identified within the upper sequence. These deposits were found to have only moderate palaeoenvironmental potential with limited scope for further analysis. No significant archaeological features or deposits were identified within any of the trenches. A small assemblage of animal bone, struck and burnt flint was collected from the basal alluvial deposits within trenches 1, 4 and 5 adjacent to the main buried palaeochannel. The slightly abraded condition of the flints may suggest that their position has been modified to some degree within the sequence. The result of the fieldwork indicated that there is low potential for archaeological remains here, and if present are likely to be discrete features or deposits that are difficult to identify within evaluations. ©

Item Type:Monograph (Project Report)
Subjects:Primary Archives
Geographical Areas > English Counties > Berkshire
Period > UK Periods > Palaeolithic 500 000 - 10 000 BC
ID Code:552
Deposited By: Scott
Deposited On:04 Apr 2011 13:38
Last Modified:07 Aug 2013 13:40

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