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Money Hill Ashby-de-la-Zouch Leicestershire

Simmonds, Andrew Money Hill Ashby-de-la-Zouch Leicestershire. [Client Report] (Unpublished)

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An excavation carried out by Oxford Archaeology during October 2020 at
Money Hill, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire uncovered a localized buried
soil layer that contained a small quantity of worked flint, including a fragment
from a Neolithic axe that had been reworked as a flake core, and part of two
pit alignments (one a double alignment) that had previously been identified
from cropmark evidence. Both alignments were proved to extend further than
had been indicated by the cropmarks, although the full extent was not
established. Pit alignments are notoriously difficult to date and the recovery
of a small quantity of Iron Age pottery from the pits is therefore particularly
significant. A sample of charcoal from pit 1043 that returned a radiocarbon
date range of 1505–1320 cal BC is considered to be residual. The alignments
descended the hillside from a notable promontory that projects from the main
NW–SE ridge between Burton and Coalville, overlooking the Gilwiskaw Brook,
a tributary of the River Mease. The promontory may have been a significant
feature in the contemporary landscape and thus became an important focus
when landscape divisions were constructed. It is possible that the alignments
were associated with a settlement 400m to the north, where similar pottery
was found

Item Type: Client Report
Subjects: Geographical Areas > English Counties > Leicestershire
Period > UK Periods > Iron Age 800 BC - 43 AD
Divisions: Oxford Archaeology South > Fieldwork
Depositing User: Scott
Date Deposited: 21 Apr 2021 11:55
Last Modified: 21 Apr 2021 11:55
URI: http://eprints.oxfordarchaeology.com/id/eprint/5982

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