Hazelton, Whiteshoots Hill, Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire Archaeological Evaluation (OASIS ID: cotswold2-316963)

Cotswold Archaeology, 2018

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Introduction

Hazelton, Whiteshoots Hill, Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire Archaeological Evaluation (OASIS ID: cotswold2-316963)

An archaeological evaluation was undertaken by Cotswold Archaeology in July 2017 at Hazelton, Whiteshoots Hill, Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire. Seven trenches were excavated.

A pit containing Late Iron Age or Early Roman pottery was identified in the north-western part of the site. Pottery of mid 1st- to 2nd-century AD date was recovered from a small pit/posthole identified in the north-western part of the site. Two ditches identified in the south-western part of the site confirmed the presence of linear anomalies identified by the preceding geophysical survey and may form part of a series of enclosures/plot boundaries aligned perpendicular to the Fosse Way. Finds recovered from a these ditches confirm that they are of Roman (most likely of 2nd-century AD or later) date. A ditch, identified in the north-western part of the site, may represent part of a further plot/enclosure boundary, however pottery recovered from this ditch suggests that it may be of an earlier, mid to late 1st-century AD, date. A pit, a pit/ditch terminal, and a posthole containing pottery of 2nd to 4th-century AD date were identified towards the south-eastern boundary of the site and an, albeit undated, hearth also identified in this part of the site may be broadly contemporary. These features are suggestive of activity taking place within the postulated network of plot boundaries; however the precise nature of this activity remains unclear. Two compact stony deposits containing pottery of broad Roman date were identified in the south-central and north-eastern parts of the site and may represent plough disturbed dumps of demolition material. A wall and an associated limestone surface were identified towards the south-western corner of the site during the preceding evaluation; however, no further evidence of stone-built structures was recorded by the current evaluation.