Cook, M. and Hurst, D., (1994). Evaluation (Fieldwalking) at Kemerton Quarry. Worcester: Worcestershire Archaeology.

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Evaluation (Fieldwalking) at Kemerton Quarry
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Worcestershire Archaeology unpublished report series
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https://doi.org/10.5284/1030814
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Archaeological investigations undertaken at Huntsman's Quarry, Kemerton in south Worcestershire during 1995-6 recorded Late Bronze Age occupation areas and field systems spreading across some 8 hectares. Small areas of earlier prehistoric activity were also identified. Limited evidence for Upper Palaeolithic, Mesolithic and Neolithic activity was recovered. Three closely spaced Beaker pits, along with a scatter of other similarly dated features and residual finds provided the first certain evidence of occupation, while Early Bronze funerary activity was represented by a ring-ditch The majority of the deposits were, however, of Late Bronze Age date comprising waterholes and associated roundhouses, structures and pits set within landscape of fields and droveways, elements of which probably pre-dated the settlement. Substantial artefactual and ecofactual assemblages were recovered, mainly from the upper fills within the waterholes and larger pits. The settlement appears to have had a predominantly pastoral economy supported by some textile and bronze production. Ceramics included a notable proportion of non-local fabrics demonstrating that the local population enjoyed a wide range of regional contacts. Based upon an extensive programme of radiocarbon dating, it is suggested that some of the waterholes and elements of the field systems were laid out during the 12th century cal BC, areas of settlement being subsequently established within this bounded landscape. Dating of charred residues from the substantial plainware assemblage indicates that occupation was focussed in the eleventh century cal BC, perhaps spanning as little as four or five generations. Cropmark evidence and limited other investigations indicate that the fields and droveways recorded represent a small fragment of a widespread system of boundaries established across the gravel terraces lying between Bredon Hill and the Carrant Brook.
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M Cook
D Hurst
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Worcestershire Archaeology
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Historic England (OASIS Reviewer)
Worcestershire HER (OASIS Reviewer)
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1994
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Site: Huntsman’s Quarry
County: WORCESTERSHIRE
District: WYCHAVON
Parish: KEMERTON
Country: England
Grid Reference: 393900, 236300 (Easting, Northing)
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Find: ANIMAL BONE Late Bronze Age
Find: CERAMIC WEIGHTS Late Bronze Age
Find: CEREAL GRAIN Early Bronze Age
Find: CEREAL GRAIN Late Bronze Age
Find: CHARCOAL Late Bronze Age
Find: FLINT - BEAKER Late Neolithic
Find: HUMAN BONE Uncertain
Find: METAL SLAG AND MOULD FRAGMENTS Late Bronze Age
Find: MOLLUSCA REMAINS Late Bronze Age
Find: MOLLUSCA REMAINS Late Neolithic
Find: PLANT MACRO REMAINS Early Bronze Age
Find: PLANT MACRO REMAINS Late Bronze Age
Find: POLLEN Late Bronze Age
Find: POTTERY Early Bronze Age
Find: POTTERY Late Bronze Age
Find: POTTERY Neolithic
Find: POTTERY - BEAKER Late Neolithic
Find: SHALE OBJECTS Late Bronze Age
Find: WOOD Late Bronze Age
Monus: BOUNDARIES/FENCELINES Late Bronze Age
Monus: DROVEWAYS Late Bronze Age
Monus: ENCLOSURES Late Bronze Age
Monus: FIELD SYSTEMS Late Bronze Age
Monus: FOUR POST STRUCTURES Late Bronze Age
Monus: HEARTHS/OVENS Late Bronze Age
Monus: PITS Late Bronze Age
Monus: PITS Neolithic
Monus: PITS - BEAKER Late Neolithic
Monus: RECTILINEAR STRUCTURES Late Bronze Age
Monus: RING DITCH Early Bronze Age
Monus: ROUNDHOUSES Late Bronze Age
Monus: WATERHOLES Late Bronze Age
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OASIS Id: fieldsec1-96387
OBIB: Report number 274
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