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ROMAN, MEDIEVAL AND POSTMEDIEVAL ACTIVITY AT ASHTON ST PETER’S LOWER SCHOOL, DUNSTABLE, BEDFORDSHIRE Publication report

Allen, Martyn and Booth, Paul and Boardman, Sheila and Cotter, John and Donnelly, Mike and Dungworth, David and Nicholson, Rebecca and Scott, Ian and Shaffrey, Ruth ROMAN, MEDIEVAL AND POSTMEDIEVAL ACTIVITY AT ASHTON ST PETER’S LOWER SCHOOL, DUNSTABLE, BEDFORDSHIRE Publication report. [Client Report] (In Press)

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Abstract

In 2007 Oxford Archaeology (OA) was commissioned by Thurley Associates on behalf of Aldi Stores Ltd to excavate a site at Ashton St Peter’s Lower School in Dunstable. The school was demolished in advance of the construction of a supermarket. The excavation revealed features of Roman, medieval and postmedieval date. The Roman phase was characterised by a series of ditches in the northern part of the site with a scatter of pits and postholes found elsewhere. Much of the Roman archaeology appears to have been truncated by medieval features, particularly areas of quarrying. The most notable medieval remains comprised three kilns (possibly used as malting ovens) and several wells. Post-medieval features were mostly located in the southern part of the site, including part of a building that once fronted Church Street. This structure appears to have been an end-of-terrace house, as seen on early Ordnance Survey maps, though finds from the building suggest that its origins probably lay in the 16th/17th century, though a late medieval construction cannot be ruled out. Other features related to the early life of Ashton St Peter’s School which was built in the 19th century.

Item Type:Client Report
Subjects:Geographical Areas > English Counties > Bedfordshire
Period > UK Periods > Medieval 1066 - 1540 AD
Period > UK Periods > Post Medieval 1540 - 1901 AD
Period > UK Periods > Roman 43 - 410 AD
ID Code:5849
Deposited By: Scott
Deposited On:22 Oct 2020 12:53
Last Modified:22 Oct 2020 12:53

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