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Oxfordshire Archaeological Unit: Report 1
ISBN 0 900312 50 5
The excavations revealed a complex of pits, ditches and post-holes, mostly of Iron Age date. These features are interpreted as part of an Iron Age settlement which was replaced in the latter Iron Age by a system of field ditches. Two Roman wells and part of a Roman field system were excavated and a portion of a small Roman cemetery was recorded during a salvage excavation c. 200m. to the south of the site. The Iron Age and Roman occupation of the site was preceded by its use as a funerary area in the Bronze Age, during which time two ring-ditches with associated cremation were located there.
By the use of simple sieving techniques on many of the archaeological features relatively large quantities of carbonized seed remains were recovered which enable fairly accurate assessments of the crop-growing economy of the site to be made. Large amounts of animal bone and Iron Age pottery were also recovered which give indications of the farming practices and ceramic traditions of the site. Other items found during the excavations suggest that weaving and metal working were carried out, and perhaps the most notable object was the remains of a well preserved wooden ard from a 3rd century Roman well. The excavations were carried out by the Oxfordshire Archaeological Unit with the Abingdon and District Archaeological Society in advance of the redevelopment of the area.
|The excavation of an Iron Age settlement, Bronze Age ring-ditches and Roman features at Ashville Trading Estate, Abingdon (Oxfordshire) 1974-76 (CBA Research Report 28)||7 Mb|