Napthan, M., (2012). Archaeological works at the proposed King's School . Mike Napthan Archaeology.

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Archaeological works at the proposed King's School
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Mike Napthan Archaeology unpublished report series
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mikenapt1-145003_1.pdf (41 MB) : Download
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https://doi.org/10.5284/1028387
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The present report represents the findings of an archaeological programme of works undertaken by Mike Napthan Archaeology as part of enabling works for the proposed King's School Sports Hall. The site lies opposite the former Royal Worcester Porcelain Factory in Severn St Worcester, and was historically part of the southern defensive circuit of Worcester Castle. The Salmon's Leap Public House part of the site lay on lower ground, representing the castle ditch (and a later mill pond), whilst the upper part of the site represented the castle rampart. The castle ramparts had not been previously subjected to serious archaeological investigation. The excavated deposits contained little dating evidence, as is usual for earthern ramparts using material upcast from a ditch. Scientific dating is still awaited, but it would presently appear feasible that that the earlier phases of defences were Iron Age on the basis of the very small amount of (unidentifiable) pottery recovered, though a Saxon origin is also possible. Significantly a single pottery fabric type was noted in several contexts that defied dating and appeared to be a new type not previously noted in the region - in three cases this was the sole dating material from contexts. The absence of any Roman material from within or beneath the rampart is considered highly significant in an area of known Roman activity. The earliest phases of rampart directly overlay an undisturbed subsoil horizon containing only prehistoric material - this deposit has yet to be fully excavated.
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M Napthan
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Mike Napthan Archaeology
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Historic England (OASIS Reviewer)
Worcester City SMR and UAD (OASIS Reviewer)
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2012
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Site: King’s School
Parish: WORCESTER
District: WORCESTER
County: WORCESTERSHIRE
Country: England
Location - Auto Detected: Severn St Worcester
Location - Auto Detected: Kings School Sports Hall
Location - Auto Detected: Kings School
Location - Auto Detected: Worcester Castle The Salmons Leap Public House
Location - Auto Detected: Royal Worcester
Grid Reference: 385060, 254310 (Easting, Northing)
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Find: Animal Bone Post Medieval
Find: Clay Pipe Medieval
Find: Debitage Later Prehistoric
Find: Roof Finial Medieval
Find: Sherds Later Prehistoric
Find: Sherds Medieval
Find: Tile Roman
Monus: Ditch Early Medieval
Monus: Rampart Iron Age
Roman
Early Medieval
Temporal - Auto Detected: Prehistoric
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OASIS Id: mikenapt1-145003
OBIB: WCM 101735
OBIB: WCM 101746
OBIB: WCM 101762
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Comb bound A4 report with A3 inserts and DVD photo archive
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28 Nov 2016
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