Sophie, A. and Stephenson, A., (2004). Arunside (Lineside) Industrial Estate, Fort Road, Littlehampton - Archaeological Excavation. AOC Archaeology Ltd.

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Arunside (Lineside) Industrial Estate, Fort Road, Littlehampton - Archaeological Excavation
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AOC Archaeology unpublished report series
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https://doi.org/10.5284/1008451
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The excavation involved monitoring the machine stripping of the topsoil and subsoil across the site with hand excavation and recording of archaeological features. The earliest phase of activity on the site dated to the Bronze Age with one semi-circular ditch found near the centre of the site. Postholes were found in the termini on either side of an entrance way through this ditch which probably once held posts to mark or form a gateway. The ditch may have acted as an agricultural enclosure or boundary rather than have been related to a settlement as there was no settlement evidence in the vicinity. The evidence did not indicate a specifically ritual use. During the Iron Age the site was developed into a rectilinear field system surviving as parallel, narrow, fairly shallow ditches. These ditches appear to have been in use during the Early Roman period. However in the Late Roman period the general alignment of the site altered slightly with three parallel ditches aligned north-northwest to south-southeast as opposed to the previous northwest to southeast and northeast to southwest alignment. The most easterly of the Roman ditches was particularly substantial in comparison with the other features across the site and may have formed a boundary between the arable land to the west and the settlement at Wickbourne Estate to the east. Finds were few across the entire site but small fragments of dateable pottery were found in many of the ditches along with flint flakes, cores and a scraper.
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Adams Sophie
Angus Stephenson
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AOC Archaeology Ltd
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Historic England (OASIS Reviewer)
West Sussex SMR (OASIS Reviewer)
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2004
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Site: ARUNSIDE INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, FORT ROAD, LITTLEHAMPTON
Parish: LITTLEHAMPTON
District: ARUN
County: WEST SUSSEX
Country: England
Grid Reference: 502000, 102600 (Easting, Northing)
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Find: Flint Bronze Age
Find: Flint Iron Age
Find: Pot Bronze Age
Find: Pot Iron Age
Find: Pot Roman
Monus: Enclosure Bronze Age
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OASIS Id: aocarcha1-2641
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Hard Copy printed, bound report with illustrations
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24 Nov 2016
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