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Land North of Aspreys at Olney, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

Bedford, William (2005) Land North of Aspreys at Olney, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. Project Report. Oxford Archaeological Unit Ltd. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

In May 2005, Oxford Archaeology (OA) carried out a field evaluation at Land North of Aspreys, Olney, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire (NGR: SP 8839 5233) on behalf of CgMs Consulting Ltd. The proposed evaluation comprised ten trenches measuring 2 m by 40 m; one trench was reduced in length due to services. A possible linear stone surface of uncertain date was observed in trenches to the centre of the site (Trenches 2, 3, 7, and 8). The surface was on a SW-NE alignment and comprised large slabs of limestone mixed with smaller stones set above natural subsoil sealing the underlying natural limestone bedrock. A track-way or road surface is a possible explanation for this distinctive structure. A smaller localised stone spread or structure was observed to the NW of the site (Trench 6). At the SW corner of the site (Trench 1), a number of square-shaped postholes were situated amongst natural stone outcrops; one of the postholes contained Iron Age pottery. A group of pits at the centre of the site (Trench 7) also contained Iron Age pottery, which in association with a number of postholes here suggests domestic activity of this period nearby. A number of large undated pits across the site could suggest quarrying activity for the underlying stone. All of the trenches showed evidence of probable medieval ridge and furrow.

Item Type:Monograph (Project Report)
Subjects:Geographical Areas > English Counties > Buckinghamshire
Period > UK Periods > Iron Age 800 BC - 43 AD
ID Code:942
Deposited By: Scott
Deposited On:16 Oct 2012 13:59
Last Modified:14 Jan 2013 17:44

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