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Late Saxon and Medieval Activity, and Ditch Systems, between School Lane and Blackhorse Lane, Swavensey

Spoerry, Paul (1996) Late Saxon and Medieval Activity, and Ditch Systems, between School Lane and Blackhorse Lane, Swavensey. [Client Report] (Unpublished)

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In July 1996 the second phase of a three phase archaeological evaluation was carried out in advance of residential development by the Archaeological Field Unit (AFU) of Cambridgeshire County Council. The work was funded by McLean Homes (East Anglia) Ltd. A specification was drawn up in consultation with the County Archaeology Office (development control).

Dense occupation of late Saxon to medieval date was identified in the north-eastern corner of the field, and included pitting and evidence for timber structures of more than one phase. In part this overlay deliberate dumping which seems to have provided an extension to the gravel terrace. This latter was found to occupy on the north-eastern corner of the field, rather than spreading across it as indicated on the geological survey map. The gravel terrace, and adjacent dumping on which occupation was located, represent a sharp contrast with the lower lying and probably periodically flooded basin across the rest of the field. The ditches (seen in aerial photographs) formed a, presumably, long lived drainage system with perhaps five phases of differing cuts and, in one phase, a bank. This was probably constructed to keep episodic flooding at bay.

Item Type: Client Report
Uncontrolled Keywords: Swavesey, school lane, blackhorse lane, Cambridgeshire, Late Saxon, medieval, early medieval, occupation, pit, structure, timber structure, gravel terrace, ditch, drainage system, bank, flooding, settlement, pottery
Subjects: Geographical Areas > English Counties > Cambridgeshire
Period > UK Periods > Early Medieval 410 - 1066 AD
Period > UK Periods > Medieval 1066 - 1540 AD
Depositing User: Archives
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2018 09:33
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2018 09:33
URI: http://eprints.oxfordarchaeology.com/id/eprint/4124

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