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Land North of Aspreys at Olney, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

Bedford, William (2005) Land North of Aspreys at Olney, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. Project Report. Oxford Archaeological Unit Ltd. (Unpublished)




In May 2005, Oxford Archaeology (OA) carried out a field evaluation at Land North of Aspreys, Olney, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire (NGR: SP 8839 5233) on behalf of CgMs Consulting Ltd. The proposed evaluation comprised ten trenches measuring 2 m by 40 m; one trench was reduced in length due to services. A possible linear stone surface of uncertain date was observed in trenches to the centre of the site (Trenches 2, 3, 7, and 8). The surface was on a SW-NE alignment and comprised large slabs of limestone mixed with smaller stones set above natural subsoil sealing the underlying natural limestone bedrock. A track-way or road surface is a possible explanation for this distinctive structure. A smaller localised stone spread or structure was observed to the NW of the site (Trench 6). At the SW corner of the site (Trench 1), a number of square-shaped postholes were situated amongst natural stone outcrops; one of the postholes contained Iron Age pottery. A group of pits at the centre of the site (Trench 7) also contained Iron Age pottery, which in association with a number of postholes here suggests domestic activity of this period nearby. A number of large undated pits across the site could suggest quarrying activity for the underlying stone. All of the trenches showed evidence of probable medieval ridge and furrow.

Item Type:Monograph (Project Report)
Subjects:Geographical Areas > English Counties > Buckinghamshire
Period > UK Periods > Iron Age 800 BC - 43 AD
ID Code:942
Deposited By: Scott
Deposited On:16 Oct 2012 13:59
Last Modified:14 Jan 2013 17:44

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