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Excavations st Thatcham, Northern Distributor Road, Berkshire

Mortimer, Simon Excavations st Thatcham, Northern Distributor Road, Berkshire. [Client Report] (Unpublished)

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In the summer of 1997 the Oxford Archaeological Unit excavated an area of approximately 285 by 18 metres (5130 m2), within the corridor of the proposed Thatcham Northern Distributor road, located to the west of the town of Thatcham. This work was carried out on behalf of Berkshire County Council. A desk-based assessment and field evaluation of the archaeological potential of the route were undertaken in the winter of 1996/1997 by the Babtie Group Ltd. In addition, the Bartlett-Clark Consultancy carried out an archaeogeophysical survey.

The excavation largely confirmed the results of the previous fieldwork. The bulk of the features identified were east-west oriented ditches, containing very few artefacts. Those that contained pottery appeared to have been filled in during, or after, the 2nd century AD. Three large pits were excavated and the depth of two suggested that they might have been wells, also of Roman date. Although it has been suggested that the Roman road from Silchester to Caerleon lay to the north of the modern Bath road, no evidence was recovered to support that assertion.

Item Type: Client Report
Subjects: Geographical Areas > English Counties > Berkshire
Period > UK Periods > Bronze Age 2500 - 700 BC
Period > UK Periods > Iron Age 800 BC - 43 AD
Period > UK Periods > Post Medieval 1540 - 1901 AD
Period > UK Periods > Roman 43 - 410 AD
Divisions: Oxford Archaeology South > Fieldwork
Depositing User: Scott
Date Deposited: 05 Jun 2018 08:47
Last Modified: 05 Jun 2018 08:47
URI: http://eprints.oxfordarchaeology.com/id/eprint/3706

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