Geophysical Survey at Pixham Ferry Lane, Kempsey, Worcestershire (OASIS ID: wardella2-258166)

Wardell Armstrong Archaeology, 2016

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Introduction

Geophysical Survey at Pixham Ferry Lane, Kempsey, Worcestershire (OASIS ID: wardella2-258166)

In July 2016 Wardell Armstrong Archaeology (WAA) undertook a geophysical survey of land at Pixham Ferry Lane, Kempsey, Worcestershire. The survey was undertaken for Taylor Wimpey West Midlands, to provide information in relation to a planning application for a proposed new development at the site.

An Archaeology and Cultural Heritage Assessment has been undertaken of the site by Wardell Armstrong LLP, which is presented in a separate report. Although there were no known recorded heritage assets within the eastern portion of the proposed development area, it was considered that the site does have potential to contain undesignated archaeological remains of prehistoric and Romano‐British date, due to its topographic position on the gravel terrace above the River Severn. A series of double‐ditched cropmark enclosures with internal features have also been recorded within the western portion of the site, that are highly suggestive of Iron Age/Romano‐British activity.

The objective of the geophysical survey was therefore to determine the presence/absence, nature and extent of potential archaeological features within the study area, and the presence/absence of any known modern features within the survey area, which may affect the results.

A geomagnetic survey was undertaken over the majority of the study area on a field-by-field basis, which comprised arable land at the time of the survey. A number of the geophysical anomalies detected in the western portion of the site are believed to be archaeological in origin, including evidence for ditched enclosures and possible pit or post‐hole features.