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Land off Hinckley Road, Sapcote, Leicestershire

Chard, Diana and Boothroyd, John Land off Hinckley Road, Sapcote, Leicestershire. [Client Report] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Between 30th May and 8th June 2017, Oxford Archaeology undertook an archaeological evaluation comprising 28 trenches on Land off Hinckley Road, Sapcote, Leicestershire (NGR: SP 48321 93396). The work was undertaken to inform the local planning authority in advance of a submission for a proposed housing development. Geophysical survey of the site had identified the probable presence of medieval ridge and furrow at the site, but no other significant features were recorded. The spreading of green waste across the site are likely to have had a negative effect on the results of the survey. A total of 28 trenches were excavated and significant archaeological features were present in 12 of them. The other 16 trenches were either devoid of archaeological features or only contained furrows or natural features, for example root bowls. Three phases of activity were recorded across the site: late Bronze to early Iron Age, late Iron Age to Roman and medieval to post medieval. A flint tool of likely Mesolithic date was recovered from a subsoil deposit. Activity associated with the late Bronze Age to early Iron Age was confined to a single ditch within the south-east corner of the site. Ditches dated from the late Iron Age and Roman period are indicative of agricultural field systems. Their comparable alignments and the pottery recovered from the fills suggest only a single phase of activity. Features uncovered during these works are likely to form part of a nearby settlement’s agricultural hinterland. Medieval and post-medieval features can be associated with agricultural management. East-west aligned furrows, as suggested by the results of the geophysical survey, were present within several of the trenches.

Item Type:Client Report
Subjects:Geographical Areas > English Counties > Leicestershire
Period > UK Periods > Bronze Age 2500 - 700 BC
Period > UK Periods > Iron Age 800 BC - 43 AD > Early Iron Age 800 - 400 BC
Period > UK Periods > Iron Age 800 BC - 43 AD
Period > UK Periods > Bronze Age 2500 - 700 BC > Late Bronze Age 1000 - 700 BC
Period > UK Periods > Medieval 1066 - 1540 AD
Period > UK Periods > Roman 43 - 410 AD
ID Code:5678
Deposited By: Scott
Deposited On:27 Jan 2020 14:19
Last Modified:27 Jan 2020 14:19

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