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Abingdon School Science Centre Abingdon Oxfordshire

Woodley, Kate Abingdon School Science Centre Abingdon Oxfordshire. [Client Report] (Unpublished)




Between the 28th of February and 11th of April 2013 Oxford Archaeology (OA) carried out a field evaluation in the tennis courts, coach park and the area north of Waste Court rugby pitch on behalf of Abingdon School, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, ahead of the construction of a new science centre and coach park. The evaluation consisted of eight trenches that were excavated within the footprint of the proposed new Science Centre and new access for coach and car parking north of Waste Court field. The earliest archaeological evidence in the tennis court area comprised one residual sherd of Iron Age pottery. Otherwise the earliest features were two pits containing pottery of post-medieval date (18th-20th century). A number of other undated features including a probable segmented ditch and a posthole might be related and might represent a simple system of agrarian landscape use. In the Coach Park a large 19th quarry pit was located, and contained a mixed assemblage of pottery dating from the 19th to the 20th century. East of the Coach Park, evaluation was targeted upon a possible cropmark ring ditch halfway along the track between the Coach Park and the Sports Centre. No trace of any ring ditch, or of any associated features, was found in either of the two trenches dug to investigate this. The only potentially ancient feature was an undated gully found at the north-west corner of the grassed area in Waste Court field. The easternmost trench located the edge of another probable 19th century quarry close to the northern boundary of the school grounds, the quarry perhaps bounded by a recent ditch observed running north-south just to the west.

Item Type:Client Report
Subjects:Geographical Areas > English Counties > Oxfordshire
Period > UK Periods > Post Medieval 1540 - 1901 AD
ID Code:4077
Deposited By: Scott
Deposited On:27 Jul 2018 13:32
Last Modified:27 Jul 2018 13:32

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