Lewis, C. and Ranson, C., (2014). Archaeological Test Pit Excavations in Great Bowden, Leicestershire, 2013 and 2014. University of Cambridge: Access Cambridge Archaeology.

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Archaeological Test Pit Excavations in Great Bowden, Leicestershire, 2013 and 2014
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Access Cambridge Archaeology unpublished report series
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https://doi.org/10.5284/1034489
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This report presents the results of a programme of archaeological excavation of 30 1m2 'test pits' in the Leicestershire village of Great Bowden carried out in summer 2013 and 2014. The programme was funded by the Heritage Lottery with the aim of engaging the local community in their heritage. Scores of people from the local area took part in the excavations which provided new evidence for the development of the area now occupied by the village from the prehistoric period onwards. This appears to have lightly used by humans in the prehistoric period, but in the Roman period two sites, one (near the later church) considerably larger than the other, were present underneath the present village footprint. No evidence was found for activity in the 5th -9th centuries AD, but finds of late Anglo-Saxon pottery, especially Stamford Ware, indicate a thriving settlement newly founded between the mid 9th- mid 11th centuries. The test pit data clearly show the settlement to have grown rapidly into a large and densely packed village which retained some dispersed character arranged around greens and ends after the 11th century. The settlement experienced relatively little decline after the 14th century, and expanded again in the post-medieval period. The excavations were carried out by members of Great Bowden Heritage and Archaeology Society and residents of Great Bowden with advice from Access Cambridge Archaeology using ACA's standardised excavation and recording methods. The site reports and background history were drafted in the first instance by members of Great Bowden Heritage and Archaeology Group and the final edited report with analysis of the results was prepared by Access Cambridge Archaeology.
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C Lewis
C Ranson
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Access Cambridge Archaeology
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Historic England (OASIS Reviewer)
Leicestershire HER (OASIS Reviewer)
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2014
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Site: Great Bowden
County: LEICESTERSHIRE
District: HARBOROUGH
Parish: GREAT BOWDEN
Country: England
Grid Reference: 474562, 288800 (Easting, Northing)
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Subjects / Periods:
Find: ANIMAL BONE Early Medieval
Find: ANIMAL BONE Medieval
Find: ANIMAL BONE Modern
Find: ANIMAL BONE Post Medieval
Find: BRICK Post Medieval
Find: CLAY PIPE Post Medieval
Find: FLINT FLAKES Bronze Age
Find: FLINT FLAKES Neolithic
Find: FLINT SCRAPER Mesolithic
Find: JETTON Post Medieval
Find: POTTERY Early Medieval
Find: POTTERY Medieval
Find: POTTERY Modern
Find: POTTERY Post Medieval
Find: POTTERY Roman
Find: TILE Medieval
Find: TILE Post Medieval
Monus: IRONSTONE SURFACE Post Medieval
Monus: STONE WALL FOUNDATIONS Medieval
Monus: TILE FLOOR SURFACE Post Medieval
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OASIS Id: accessca1-199596
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A4, 201 pages, comb bound
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01 Feb 2018
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