Connor, A., (2001). Prehistoric and Romano-British Settlement and Field Systems: An Archaeological Evaluation at Fordham Road Allotments, Soham. Cambridgeshire County Council Archaeological Field Unit.

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Prehistoric and Romano-British Settlement and Field Systems: An Archaeological Evaluation at Fordham Road Allotments, Soham
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Cambridgeshire County Council Archaeological Field Unit unpublished report series
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46
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GL2068_Prehistoric_and_Romano_-British_Settlement_and_Field.pdf (2 MB) : Download
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https://doi.org/10.5284/1021800 https://doi.org/10.5284/1023861
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Eleven trial trenches were excavated across the 2ha site. The evaluation showed that the site was probably settled during prehistoric and Roman periods. The prehistoric evidence pointed to a period at the end of the Bronze Age and beginning of the Iron Age. Evidence for prehistoric settlement occurred in all the trenches, the evidence in the northern trenches was not obscured by activity dating to the Roman period and comprised a least two rectangular ditched enclosures associated with evidence for timber buildings and rubbish pits. The small quantity of pottery recovered from this area of the site may have indicated an early date for the occupation, or possibly a variation in its character. The southern area of the site showed evidence for settlement in the Late Bronze Age/Early Iron Age and Roman periods. Rectangular ditched enclosures on two distinct alignments were found in the more southerly trenches, and continued to the north. This area of settlement was probably bounded on its north side (trench 5) by a metalled surface, possibly a track or holloway. To the south of this track feature density increased dramatically towards Fordham Road. The most southerly of the trenches (trench 10) contained ditches and pits of both prehistoric and Roman date. Roman features contained large quantities of well preserved Roman pottery, roof tiles and animal bone. This coupled with evidence for timber buildings strongly suggested the presence of a Roman settlement on this site. Recent evaluation to the west of the allotments indicated that the Roman settlement continued to the west. The boundaries of the prehistoric and Roman settlements on this site were not uncovered and were likely to have continued beyond the confines of the development area. [Au(abr)]
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Aileen Connor
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Cambridgeshire County Council Archaeological Field Unit
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2001
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Site: Fordham Road Allotments, Soham
County: CAMBRIDGESHIRE
District: EAST CAMBRIDGESHIRE
Parish: SOHAM
Country: England
Grid Reference: 560250, 272500 (Easting, Northing)
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Find: ANIMAL BONE ROMAN
Find: SHERD ROMAN
Find: TILE ROMAN
Monus: ENCLOSURE IRON AGE
Monus: SETTLEMENT IRON AGE
Monus: SETTLEMENT LATE BRONZE AGE
Monus: SETTLEMENT ROMAN
Iron Age
Temporal - Auto Detected: Bronze Age
Temporal - Auto Detected: Prehistoric
Late Bronze Age
Early Iron Age
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OBIB: Report No. A188
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Date Of Issue From: 2001 Date Of Coverage From: 01 Date Of Coverage To: 01 Editorial Expansion: Site name: FORDHAM ROAD ALLOTMENTS, SOHAM
Study area: 2ha
Investigation type: Evaluation
District: East Cambridgeshire
Monument: FEATURE. Undated, FIELD SYSTEM. Prehistoric, POST HOLE. Prehistoric, POST HOLE. Undated, [finds]. Early Iron Age, EXTRACTIVE PIT. Roman (AD43-410), [finds]. Prehistoric, FIELD DRAIN. Undated, [finds]. Iron Age, DITCH. Prehistoric, PIT. Early Iron Age, [fi
Ngr: TL60257250
Parish: Soham
Postcode: CB7 5AE
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The rural settlement of Roman Britain project
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30 Aug 2017
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