Parkes, C., (2018). Land to the rear of Pydar Mews, Truro, Cornwall; Archaeological Watching Brief. Cornwall Council Historic Environment Service.

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Land to the rear of Pydar Mews, Truro, Cornwall; Archaeological Watching Brief
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Cornwall Council Historic Environment Service unpublished report series
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https://doi.org/10.5284/1047082
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Historic maps show this site lay in the former burgage plots behind Pydar Street, an early route and part of Truro's main medieval trading area. No remains of early buildings were found but other features of interest survived under deep, disturbed soil. A substantial pit was dug before 1841, probably to extract the soft clay here, possibly for Truro's former pottery nearby. Lesser pits may have been made to look for or extract this useful clay. Potsherds from the lower fill in one pit all date from the 14th to 16th centuries. In general, pit fills have finds with a large chronological range, including modern material, so appear to be deposits of mixed waste accumulated elsewhere and do not closely date the pits. Butchered bones and oyster shells may provide evidence of local environment as well as diet; however, dates of artefacts from the main deposit of these vary from the 17th to the 20th centuries. The maker's mark GW on a clay pipe from another pit fill has potential to add to knowledge of local patterns of manufacture or distribution in post-medieval times. Interpretation of a previously levelled building complex as a livery yard is supported by excavated remains. Quartz cobbling was used there, and remains a feature of the setting of Listed cottages in an adjoining court. The removal of the cobbling on site shows how Cornwall's finite resource of locally-distinctive remains, buried and so not previously detected, can be lost as an unintended consequence of development.
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C Parkes
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Cornwall Council Historic Environment Service
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Historic England (OASIS Reviewer)
Cornwall and Scilly HER (OASIS Reviewer)
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2018
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Site: Land to the rear of Pydar Mews
County: CORNWALL
District: CARRICK
Parish: TRURO
Country: England
Grid Reference: 182451, 44948 (Easting, Northing)
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Find: CLAY PIPE Post Medieval
Find: POTTERY Medieval
Monus: EXTRACTIVE PIT Post Medieval
Monus: STABLE Post Medieval
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OASIS Id: cornwall2-307100
OBIB: 2017R077
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A4 bound paper
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05 Apr 2018
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