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Late Saxon to medieval remains at Edison Bell Way, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire: PXA and UPD

Thatcher, Chris (2017) Late Saxon to medieval remains at Edison Bell Way, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire: PXA and UPD. [Client Report] (Unpublished)

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Between June and July 2016 Oxford Archaeology East conducted an archaeological excavation on land adjacent to Edison Bell Way, Huntingdon (TL 2351 7221). The works comprised an open area excavation that extended approximately 50m back from the Ermine Street frontage. Following on from the excavation, monitoring of service trenches took place in May 2017.
The earliest evidence for activity on site comprised a series of elongated pits and ditches aligned broadly parallel with the extant Ermine Street. These features contained a small quantity of Iron and Roman pottery. Late Saxon activity took the form of a ditch running perpendicular to the road and a small number of discrete features in the south-western part of the site.
The majority of the archaeological activity on site dated to the earlier part of the medieval period with several phases of ditching demarcating plot boundaries, between which were interspersed a large number of pits of varying sizes. This included a particularly large pond-like feature whose long axis was aligned parallel with Ermine Street and which was recorded during the archaeological investigations immediately adjacent to the site in 2013. This feature and a number of the larger pits were very square-cut in profile, with further evidence for their maintenance also surviving in one pit in the form of wooden revetting.
During the post-medieval period it would appear that very little activity took place on the site, only a small number of pits and post holes pre-dating the activity associated with the 19th-century housing and associated services.
The activity on site was broadly comparable with that recorded immediately to the south-east during the Link Road excavations.

Item Type: Client Report
Uncontrolled Keywords: archaeological excavation, cambridgeshire, huntingdonshire, huntingdon, ermine street, roman, medieval, post-medieval, post medieval, pottery, pxa, upd, post-excavation assessment, updated project design, fence line, boundary, pond, bone knife handle, drainage, cesspit, well
Subjects: Geographical Areas > English Counties > Cambridgeshire
Period > UK Periods > Iron Age 800 BC - 43 AD > Late Iron Age 100 BC - 43 AD
Period > UK Periods > Medieval 1066 - 1540 AD
Period > UK Periods > Post Medieval 1540 - 1901 AD
Period > UK Periods > Roman 43 - 410 AD
Divisions: Oxford Archaeology East
Depositing User: Chris Faine
Date Deposited: 13 Mar 2018 14:28
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2018 14:33
URI: http://eprints.oxfordarchaeology.com/id/eprint/3510

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