Rahtz, P. A. and Meeson, R., (1992). An Anglo-Saxon watermill at Tamworth: excavations in the Bolebridge Street area of Tamworth, Staffordshire in 1971 and 1978.

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An Anglo-Saxon watermill at Tamworth: excavations in the Bolebridge Street area of Tamworth, Staffordshire in 1971 and 1978
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Council for British Archaeology Research Reports
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83
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Part one summarises the history and archaeology of Tamworth and describes its topography and that of the excavated areas. The circumstances and methods of excavation are then briefly discussed. Part two places the results of the two campaigns in context and summarises their phasing and chronology. Each excavation is then considered in turn. The 1971 excavations at the mill and millpool area produced evidence for prehistoric activity, through Roman, to Saxon mill phases and finally medieval and post medieval. An account of the 1978 excavations covers the objectives of the excavation and continues with descriptions of the features, which included the mill leat, its revetment, and a possible bridge. The medieval town ditch and phases of industrial activity and building were also identified. The evidence from both excavations is then collated. Part three covers finds, with stone subdivided into sections on `Millstones' (70--9) and `Other stone' (79) by Susan M Wright, (with `Millstone petrology' by David Williams on microfiche 2F6--8). Short notes then cover fired and burnt clay, mortar, plaster, glass, metalworking residues and the steel bearing block. `Iron (IR)' is dealt with by Patrick Ottaway (80--6). Further notes cover copper alloy, lead, coins (which comprised a cartwheel and jetton), botanical and other organic residues, carved wood, animal bone/fibre and leather. `Pottery (P)' by Victoria Nailor with Susan M Wright includes thin-section analysis by David M Williams (110--122). Dendrochronology and radiocarbon determinations are mentioned in conclusion of this section. Evidence for the construction of the mill is finally considered in more detail. A possible reconstruction of the building, the way the machinery functioned and the effects of the mill on its immediate environment are discussed. A concluding summary is followed by a glossary of terms relating to watermills.
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Philip A Rahtz
Robert Meeson
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1992
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0 906780 94 2
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Location - Auto Detected: Tamworth Staffordshire
Location - Auto Detected: Tamworth
Location - Auto Detected: Bolebridge Street
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Temporal - Auto Detected: Prehistoric
Temporal - Auto Detected: Roman To Saxon
Temporal - Auto Detected: Medieval
Temporal - Auto Detected: Post Medieval
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Date Of Issue From: 1992
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21 Jan 2002