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Carlisle City Centre, Cumbria. Archaeological Watching Brief.

Tonks, David (2006) Carlisle City Centre, Cumbria. Archaeological Watching Brief. Project Report. Oxford Archaeology North. (Unpublished)

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During the months of January to June 2006 Oxford Archaeology North under took a series of archaeological watching briefs within Carlisle City Centre, Cumbria, along various streets between Georgian Way to the east and West Walls to the west (centred on NY 39970 55970). The work was undertaken on behalf of Balfour Beatty Utility Services during the refurbishment of an existing water main throughout central Carlisle. The aim of the watching brief was to establish the existence and location of any previously unknown surviving archaeological remains exposed during the course of refurbishment works associated with the water supply to Carlisle town centre. Despite a small but unknown number of trenches being opened and backfilled in the absence of an archaeologist, the excavation of 307 trenches was undertaken in the presence of an archaeologist. These were distributed within 27 roads throughout the city centre. For the majority of the trenches, 303 in total, the excavation was contained within the modern backfill of the pre-existing water pipe trench. Only the excavation of four of the trenches revealed natural geological deposits sealed by modern material. Finds were recovered from fourteen of the trenches, including degraded human bone and a copper alloy sewing needle both retrieved from Paternoster Row. However, all were from unstratified deposits and no archaeologically significant inferences can be drawn from their presence. No significant archaeological horizons were encountered during the duration of the works.

Item Type:Monograph (Project Report)
Subjects:Geographical Areas > English Counties > Cumbria
Period > None
ID Code:4656
Deposited By: Watson
Deposited On:07 Feb 2019 13:50
Last Modified:07 Feb 2019 13:50

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