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LAY WOOD, DEVIZES, WILTSHIRE

Allen, Martyn and Booth, Paul and Donnelly, Mike and Lewis, H.M.E. and Meen, Julia and Poole, Cynthia and Scott, Ian and Shaffrey, Ruth and Thompson, Jill and Webb, Helen LAY WOOD, DEVIZES, WILTSHIRE. [Client Report] (In Press)

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Abstract

In 2016 Oxford Archaeology was commissioned by David Wilson Homes South West to undertake a programme of archaeological investigation on land at Lay Wood near Devizes in advance of residential housing development (planning ref. 13/01243/OUT). The main area of excavation revealed a zone of intensive activity dating between the middle of the 1st century AD and the end of the 2nd century AD primarily in the form of field boundaries and enclosures, as well as trackways, a possible circular building and cremation burials. The varied depths of the Roman features found across the site, many of which were comparatively shallow, suggest that the site had suffered from post-Roman ploughing, and there are clear signs of post-medieval field boundaries within the excavated area. The site lay close to a probable Roman villa building which was partially excavated during an evaluation of the site and was subsequently preserved in situ. The possible significance of this structure and its relationship to the area of early Roman activity described here are discussed at the end of this report.

Item Type:Client Report
Subjects:Period > UK Periods > Roman 43 - 410 AD
Geographical Areas > English Counties > Wiltshire
ID Code:5853
Deposited By: Scott
Deposited On:22 Oct 2020 15:39
Last Modified:22 Oct 2020 15:39

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