Clarke, R., (2006). Prehistoric Activity, Medieval Occupation and Post Medieval Industry to the Rear of Walden House, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire . Cambridgeshire County Council Archaeological Field Unit.

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Prehistoric Activity, Medieval Occupation and Post Medieval Industry to the Rear of Walden House, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire
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CAM ARC unpublished report series
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https://doi.org/10.5284/1002625
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The Walden House site comprises the first phase of excavation in advance of the redevelopment of the historic town centre of Huntingdon. Four main periods of occupation were identified, spanning the prehistoric to the 19th century, although the main phase of activity was during the mid-12th to mid-14th centuries, when the town was at its most prosperous. A range of features characteristic of urban settlement including dense zones of pitting and quarrying in addition to wells, post-holes, ovens, cobbled surfaces and ditched property boundaries, were identified. Reiterating the results of the evaluation, evidence of urban contraction in the later medieval period was recorded, represented by an extensive cultivation or levelling layer and a general lower level of activity. In the later post-medieval period part of the site became a formal garden associated with Walden House; a small tannery occupied the northern plot.Other notable discoveries include a probable Neolithic ditch, the base of a large 17th/18th century malting oven, and an assemblage of reused medieval ecclesiastical stone fragments. There are several significant finds assemblages from the site, in particular the post-Roman pottery, animal bone and environmental remains. Additional phases of excavation on adjacent sites are anticipated in the near future.
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Rachel Clarke
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Cambridgeshire County Council Archaeological Field Unit
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Historic England (OASIS Reviewer)
Cambridgeshire Historic Environment Record (OASIS Reviewer)
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2006
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Site: Rear of Walden House
Parish: HUNTINGDON
District: HUNTINGDONSHIRE
County: CAMBRIDGESHIRE
Country: England
Grid Reference: 523724, 271808 (Easting, Northing)
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Find: Animal Bone Medieval
Find: Pot Neolithic
Monus: Ditch Medieval
Monus: Ditch Neolithic
Monus: Formal Garden Post Medieval
Monus: Oven Post Medieval
Monus: Pits Medieval
Monus: Post Hole Medieval
Monus: Rutway Medieval
Monus: Structure Medieval
Monus: Tannery Post Medieval
Monus: Well Medieval
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OASIS Id: cambridg1-22826
OBIB: CAM ARC Report Number 858
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23 Nov 2016
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