Lewis, C., Pryor, A. and Betts, K., (2014). Archaeological Test Pit Excavations in Meldreth, Cambridgeshire, 2013. University of Cambridge: Access Cambridge Archaeology.

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Archaeological Test Pit Excavations in Meldreth, Cambridgeshire, 2013
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https://doi.org/10.5284/1030514
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This report presents the results of a programme of archaeological excavation of 32 1m2 'test pits' in the Cambridgeshire village of Meldreth carried out in summer 2013. The programme was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) through its 'All Our Stories' programme and supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Connected Communities theme which funded the Cambridge Community Heritage programme at the University of Cambridge in 20012-13. Parts of the area appears to have quite intensively used by humans in the prehistoric period, with unusually large volumes of Bronze Age pottery recovered from at least four different sites. Pottery of Roman date favours the south of the present village. No evidence was found for any activity dating to the period between the 5th -9th centuries AD, but Saxo-Norman pottery was found widely, with particular concentrations on the manorial site of Topcliffe as well in the south of the village around Flambards moated site. The high medieval period sees the settlement extend westwards, probably laid out in the 12th or 13th century over former arable, with apparently new settlement sites founded at Chiswick and North End. This growth ceases in the late medieval period, but in the post-medieval period, however, the test pit data indicates that Meldreth stagnated, with the southern end of the settlement particularly badly affected.
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C Lewis
A Pryor
K Betts
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Access Cambridge Archaeology
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Historic England (OASIS Reviewer)
Cambridgeshire Historic Environment Record (OASIS Reviewer)
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2014
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Site: Meldreth
County: CAMBRIDGESHIRE
District: SOUTH CAMBRIDGESHIRE
Parish: MELDRETH
Country: England
Grid Reference: 537610, 245812 (Easting, Northing)
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Subjects / Periods:
Find: ARROWHEAD Medieval
Find: BONE Medieval
Find: BONE Post Medieval
Find: BRICK Medieval
Find: BRICK Post Medieval
Find: CLAY PIPE Post Medieval
Find: GLASS Uncertain
Find: LITHICS Bronze Age
Find: LITHICS Neolithic
Find: MIRROR Medieval
Find: NAIL Post Medieval
Find: OYSTER SHELL Uncertain
Find: POTTERY Early Medieval
Find: POTTERY Late Bronze Age
Find: POTTERY Medieval
Find: POTTERY Modern
Find: POTTERY Post Medieval
Find: POTTERY Roman
Find: TILE Post Medieval
Monus: N/A None
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OASIS Id: accessca1-193278
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A4, 172 pages, comb bound
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01 Feb 2018
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