Unlocking the Past: Archaeology from Aggregates in Worcestershire

Worcestershire Historic Environment and Archaeology Service, 2009

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Introduction

Plan of 1935-7 excavations on Bredon Hill (Hencken 1938)

This project was undertaken by Worcestershire Historic Environment and Archaeology Service (WHEAS) and funded by English Heritage through the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund programme. Local group and museum collections from aggregate production areas of south Worcestershire were assessed as part of a project designed to 'unlock' their potential. Many of these had never been studied previously, while others warranted re-consideration in the light of limitations of previous analysis and/or advances in archaeological knowledge and techniques of analysis.

The preliminary (Stage 2) assessment identified a total of 47,863 artefacts, from a total of 58 sites investigated between 1911 and 2005; including several regionally important assemblages and numerous lesser assemblages along with one nationally significant archive collection, that from Cruso Hencken's excavations at Bredon Hill 1935-7. Stage 3 of the project undertook further analyses on these assemblages, a principal aim being to date and characterise settlement patterns of the Roman period and economic activity across one of the main aggregate extraction areas of the county.