Allot, L., Austin, P., Batchelor, C. R., Cameron, N. Manson., Elias, S., Green, C. and Young, D. S., (2011). BEAR HOUSE and BEAR LANE, LONDON BOROUGH OF SOUTHWARK, SE1 (SITE CODES: BJH10 and BLZ07): ENVIRONMENTAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL ANALYSIS REPORT. University of Reading: Quaternary Scientific (Quest).

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BEAR HOUSE and BEAR LANE, LONDON BOROUGH OF SOUTHWARK, SE1 (SITE CODES: BJH10 and BLZ07): ENVIRONMENTAL ARCHAEOLOGICAL ANALYSIS REPORT
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Quaternary Scientific (Quest) unpublished report series
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https://doi.org/10.5284/1030916
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Report (in Series)
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CgMs Consulting Ltd commissioned Quaternary Scientific (QUEST) to carry out an environmental archaeological analysis of samples collected during previous geoarchaeological investigations at Bear House and Bear Lane, London Borough of Southwark. The following report aimed to analyse select samples in order to reconstruct the environmental history of the two sites and their environs. The combined results of the environmental archaeological investigations have demonstrated that the sub-surface sediments at the site comprise basal Shepperton Gravel overlain by a sequence of Holocene alluvial sediments (including Peat), truncated by Made Ground. The underlying gravel surface decreases in elevation from north to south, and is overlain by Holocene alluvial sediments including very organic silts and peat. The alluvial sequence is generally thicker in the southern half of the site, both as a result of a lower gravel surface and thinner made ground. Peat initiation began earlier in the southern half of the site. Towards the centre of the channel peat accumulation may have begun as early as the Middle Neolithic. During the period of peat accumulation the wetland initially consisted of alder woodland, which was replaced by reeds, sedges and grasses during the Bronze Age, prior to inundation. On the dryland nearby to the site, the surface was initially dominated by oak and lime woodland, which also began to decline from the beginning of the Bronze Age, this time a consequence of land clearance, and the growth of plants indicative of disturbance and cultivation.
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Lucy Allot
P Austin
C R Batchelor
Neil Manson Cameron
Scott Elias
C Green
D S Young
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Quaternary Scientific (Quest)
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Historic England (OASIS Reviewer)
Southwark Council (OASIS Reviewer)
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2011
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Site: Bear House
County: GREATER LONDON
District: SOUTHWARK
Parish: SOUTHWARK
Country: England
Grid Reference: 531800, 180200 (Easting, Northing)
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Find: DIATOMS Bronze Age
Find: POLLEN Bronze Age
Find: WATERLOGGED SEEDS Bronze Age
Find: WATERLOGGED WOOD Bronze Age
Monus: PEAT Bronze Age
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OASIS Id: quaterna1-77749
OBIB: Quaternary Scientific (QUEST) Unpublished Report April 2011; Project Number 028/10
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01 Feb 2018
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