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Land South of Foresters Avenue, Hilgay, Norfolk

Webb, Robin (2023) Land South of Foresters Avenue, Hilgay, Norfolk. [Client Report] (Unpublished)

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Between 6th and 8th February 2023 Oxford Archaeology East carried out an archaeological trial trench evaluation on land to the south of Foresters Avenue, Hilgay, Norfolk. In total, six trenches were excavated, all of which contained archaeological features.
An east-west aligned Late Bronze Age boundary ditch was identified to the north (Trenches 1 and 4), whilst to the south, a post-medieval boundary ditch crossed Trenches 1, 3 and 6 on a west-south-west to east-north-east alignment. A possibly earlier boundary, on a south-west to north-east alignment, was identified in Trench 5. In addition, an isolated, undated posthole was revealed in Trench 3 and two probable medieval agricultural furrows were identified in Trench 2.
A small assemblage of artefacts and ecofacts was recovered from Trenches 1-3 in the western part of the site. A Bronze Age spindlewhorl and a sherd of Late Bronze Age pottery were recovered from the later prehistoric ditch in Trench 1. The recut post-medieval ditch alignment in Trenches 2 and 3 yielded a sherd of 16th-18th century pottery and five fragments of animal bone along with a residual flint and Late Bronze Age pottery sherd. Environmental evidence included poorly preserved remains of a grass seed and rare charcoal from the Late Bronze Age ditch and a small quantity of cereal grains from the post-medieval boundary ditch. The Late Bronze Age finds and ditch adds to the corpus of findspots of the period discovered at Hilgay and suggests a focus of Late Bronze Age settlement lies in the near vicinity.

Item Type: Client Report
Uncontrolled Keywords: Norfolk, norfolk, Hilgay, hilgay, Evaluation, evaluation, archaeological evaluation, Bronze Age, bronze age, Late Bronze Age, late bronze age, Post-Medieval, post-medieval, Post Medieval, post medieval, ditch, boundary ditch, post-medieval boundary ditch, bronze age boundary ditch, Pottery, pottery, pot, ceramic, sherd, vessel, Bronze Age pottery, bronze age pottery, Late Bronze Age pottery, late bronze age pottery, Post-Medieval pottery, post-medieval pottery, Post Medieval pottery, post medieval pottery, spindlewhorl, bronze age spindlewhorl, spindle whorl, Medieval, medieval, furrow, medieval furrow, ridge and furrow, 2644, report 2644, Report 2644, OAE report 2644
Subjects: Geographical Areas > English Counties > Norfolk
Period > UK Periods > Bronze Age 2500 - 700 BC
Period > UK Periods > Bronze Age 2500 - 700 BC > Late Bronze Age 1000 - 700 BC
Period > UK Periods > Medieval 1066 - 1540 AD
Period > UK Periods > Post Medieval 1540 - 1901 AD
Divisions: Oxford Archaeology East
Depositing User: Hamilton
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2023 07:37
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2023 07:37
URI: http://eprints.oxfordarchaeology.com/id/eprint/7043

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