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Rosehurst Farm, Long Wittenham, Oxfordshire

Thacker, Gerry Rosehurst Farm, Long Wittenham, Oxfordshire. [Client Report] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Between the 12th and 21st of August 2019 Oxford Archaeology undertook a trial trench evaluation comprising 17 trenches on land at Rosehurst Farm, Long Wittenham, Oxfordshire (centred of NGR SU 54767 93595). The trenches were targeted on the results of a geophysical survey. The evaluation revealed two parallel ditches interpreted as a trackway, and a parallel sequence of ditches all of Roman date. Other similarly aligned ditches were undated, but also potentially of similar date. A rectilinear feature identified by the geophysics was formed of parallel linear features, potentially beamslots, one of which had been cut by a posthole containing pottery of 5-7th century date, and is likely to represent an Anglo-Saxon hall. A similar geophysical anomaly was also tested by trenching but remained undated, whilst a third comprised a shallow linear feature and a modern posthole and is less convincing. A large feature also contained pottery of 5-7th century date, and is interpreted as a pit. A potential hall identified from cropmarks was not present on the geophysical survey. A trench (11) targeted on the cropmark’s position revealed a single undated linear feature, interpreted as a ditch. A potential pit alignment remained undated, and may comprise a series of postholes forming a fenceline. Other geophysical anomalies proved to be quarrying events of late postmedieval date.

Item Type:Client Report
Subjects:Geographical Areas > English Counties > Oxfordshire
Period > UK Periods > Medieval 1066 - 1540 AD
Period > UK Periods > Post Medieval 1540 - 1901 AD
Period > UK Periods > Roman 43 - 410 AD
ID Code:5774
Deposited By: Scott
Deposited On:14 May 2020 13:50
Last Modified:14 May 2020 13:50

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