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Prehistoric, Medieval and pots-Medieval Features on Land to the South of the High Street, Foxton

Hatton, Andrew (2004) Prehistoric, Medieval and pots-Medieval Features on Land to the South of the High Street, Foxton. [Client Report] (Unpublished)

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In response to a series of proposed developments including housing, a community centre and a school, eight stages of archaeological work were undertaken by the Archaeological Field Unit (AFU) of Cambridgeshire County Council between 1998 and 2002 in accordance with briefs issued by the County Archaeology office (CAO). This work included a desk-based assessment, evaluations and area excavation.
The earliest archaeologically significant remains present within the development area consisted of a general scatter of struck flint identified largely in the upper fills of medieval ditches. The earliest features were of Late Iron Age date, and comprised a possible pyre and two small pits one of which contained cremated human remains in a Gallo-Belgic pot.
Evidence for Roman activity within the development area was restricted to occasional sherds of pottery, with no clear evidence of occupation.
The medieval period saw an increase in land usage, evidence for which took the form of large ditches which divided up the landscape. Extensive pitting was also identified.
Progression from the medieval to the post-medieval periods saw a change in the method of land division with the construction of clunch walls. Further extensive pitting took place in this period, probably for the ad hoc recovery of gravel.
Since the 19th century the development area has been used as allotments and orchards, for the light industry (bicycle manufacturing) and later the village hut and subsequent village hall.

Item Type: Client Report
Subjects: Geographical Areas > English Counties > Cambridgeshire
Period > UK Periods > Iron Age 800 BC - 43 AD
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
Depositing User: Archives
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2023 08:11
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2023 08:11
URI: http://eprints.oxfordarchaeology.com/id/eprint/4211

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