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Neolithic to Saxon Social and environmental change at mount Farm Berinsfield, Dorchester-on-Thames

Lambrick, George (2010) Neolithic to Saxon Social and environmental change at mount Farm Berinsfield, Dorchester-on-Thames. Oxford Archaeology & English Heritage. ISBN 978-0-904220-59-9

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Abstract

Mount Farm is a multiperiod cropmark site on the Thames gravels north of Dorchester-on-Thames. It was initially excavated by J N L Myres in 1933, and this report covers more detailed work carried out in 1977-8 prior to the destruction of most of the site through gravel extraction. This established a longer chronological sequence than had previously been recognised, extending from the early or middle Neolithic to the early Saxon periods (3500 cal BC – cal AD 650) with all intervening- periods at least sporadically represented and the apparently continuous existence of a farming community from the Iron Age until the 3rd century cal AD. Aspects of interest include: • Early/middle Neolithic and late Neolithic domestic pits • An oval barrow enclosing middle Neolithic and beaker burials • A Neolithic or Bronze Age post ring • An early to middle Bronze Age ring ditch with cremation and inhumation burials and small quantities of domestic or feasting debris; • A pit associated with burnt stone and charcoal and a middle to late Bronze Age waterhole • Part of an early or middle Bronze Age doubleditched field system aligned on the barrow • Early Iron Age ard cultivation marks • Early Iron Age to late Roman settlement with an unusually early network of paddocks or fields that developed continuously from the middle Iron Age through to the 2nd century cal AD, including a succession of further waterholes • Traces of early Saxon settlement including two wells, one using the remains of a wooden tub. Mount Farm provides an unusually long, though somewhat patchy sequence of environmental evidence, and indications of the nature of a relatively low-key site within the hinterland of a series of major focal complexes in and around Dorchester-on-Thames

Item Type:Book
Subjects:Period > UK Periods > Bronze Age 2500 - 700 BC
Geographical Areas > English Counties > Oxfordshire
Period > UK Periods > Roman 43 - 410 AD
Period > UK Periods > Iron Age 800 BC - 43 AD
Period > UK Periods > Medieval 1066 - 1540 AD
Period > UK Periods > Neolithic 4000 - 2200 BC
ID Code:560
Deposited By: Scott
Deposited On:12 Apr 2011 16:02
Last Modified:22 Dec 2011 14:45

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