Land adjacent to Newport Mobile Home Park, Exeter Road, Topsham, Exeter. Archaeological Evaluation and Strip, Map and Sample Excavation

AC Archaeology Ltd, Cotswold Archaeology, 2018

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Introduction

Land adjacent to Newport Mobile Home Park, Exeter Road, Topsham, Exeter. Archaeological Evaluation and Strip, Map and Sample Excavation

An archaeological trench evaluation on land adjacent to Newport Mobile Home Park, Exeter Road, Topsham, Exeter (SX 9533 8918) was undertaken by AC archaeology during July 2017. The site occupies approximately 1.6 hectares of mixed grassland and hard standing on the southwest side of Exeter Road. The evaluation comprised the machine excavation of seven trenches totaling 114m in length, with each trench 1.5m wide. These were positioned to target the results of a previous geophysical survey as well as to test 'blank' areas to test its efficacy. Across the majority of the site negative results were recorded. However, towards the southwest of the site, a small number of prehistoric pits and a linear feature representing a possible ditch or hollow were exposed. A probable small ditch terminal was also recorded at the northeast on the site. An assemblage of worked flints of probable Neolithic to early Bronze Age date and a small number of pottery sherds, potentially of a similar date were recovered from these features. Later activity comprised a collection of post-medieval pits and postholes.

In November 2017, Cotswold Archaeology carried out an archaeological Strip Map and Sample excavation on land adjacent to Newport Mobile Home Park, Exeter Road, Topsham, Exeter. The archaeological works recorded a small number of prehistoric features, comprising two ditches and a scattering of pits/postholes. These features were present mainly in the central part of the site. A relatively large worked flint assemblage was recovered from these features; much of this material was not closely dateable, but there were indications of a Mesolithic/Early Neolithic origin.