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P S Bellamy
Between September and December 2000, Terrain Archaeology carried out a watching brief during the construction of a new extension to a house at 1 West Hill, Charminster (SY67889270), which lies adjacent to the south-west corner of St Mary's churchyard. Eleven, possibly twelve graves were partially exposed. The burials appeared to be arranged in rows and were aligned E-W. The burials continued beneath the house and the present churchyard boundary wall. The human remains were not lifted and any bones disturbed were reburied immediately. No dating evidence was obtained. The site was clearly carved out from an earlier enlarged churchyard, which is thought to be associated with the Saxon minster church.
2001
P S Bellamy
Between September and December 2000, Terrain Archaeology carried out a watching brief during the construction of a new extension to a house at 1 West Hill, Charminster (SY67889270), which lies adjacent to the south-west corner of St Mary's churchyard. Eleven, possibly twelve graves were partially exposed. The burials appeared to be arranged in rows and were aligned EW. The burials continued beneath the house and the present churchyard boundary wall. The human remains were not lifted and any bones disturbed were reburied immediately. No dating evidence was obtained. The site was clearly carved out from an earlier enlarged churchyard, which is thought to be associated with the Saxon minster church.
2001
M Trevarthen
Terrain Archaeology undertook archaeological observations and recording during the lowering of the cellar floor at 1 West Walks, Dorchester. The site directly overlies the western part of the Roman town defences. A north-south linear foundation over 2.6 m wide was discovered at a depth of about 2.3 m below modern external ground level. This structure comprised three layers of packed flint nodules and other stone separated by layers of rammed chalk and capped with a thin skim of mortar within a flat-based trench 0.45m deep. Finds from the foundation make-up comprise ceramic roof tile and brick, a Dressel 20 amphora handle and a fragment of Niedermendig lava quern. Observations of an almost identical feature have been made previously along the southern part of the Roman town defences along Bowling Alley Walk and South Walks. This feature is difficult to interpret but appears to be the remains of a substantial wall footing for an early masonry town wall, possibly never completed, and subsequently buried beneath the ?3rd/4th century rampart.
2012
P S Bellamy
Terrain Archaeology carried out archaeological observations and recording during the excavation of the footings trench for a new extension to 1 Worgret Cottage, Worgret Hill, Wareham. No features, deposits or finds not associated with the cottage were exposed.
2017
S Tatler
The site had been seriously disturbed by modern development. The only feature of archaeological interest was a foundation wall of the stables, constructed in the late 1870s. [Au(adp)
2002
P S Bellamy
Terrain Archaeology undertook archaeological observations on behalf of Wessex Water during sewerage system improvements outside 16 High Street Fordington, Dorchester (SY69629072) in February 2002. This is close to the area where a fine Roman mosaic floor was uncovered in the earlier part of the 20th century (RCHME 1970, 569). No archaeological deposits that are likely to pre-date the post-medieval period were observed during the groundworks, which reached a depth of two metres.
2002
P S Bellamy
S Tatler
An archaeological watching brief was carried out by Terrain Archaeology in May and October 2007 during the groundworks associated with the erection of a new extension at 17 Henrietta Road, Bathwick, Bath. Soil deposits up to 1.2 m in depth were encountered. No Roman features were found, but a Roman soil layer, containing stone rubble possibly derived from a Roman structure, was identified. Later deposits were agricultural and garden soils reflecting usestory of the site as fields and gardens until the construction of the present house in 1927.
2008
M Trevarthen
In May 2011, Terrain Archaeology carried out an archaeological evaluation in the grounds of number 17 Sweethill Road, Southwell, Portland, Dorset (centred on NGR SY68526997). Four evaluation trenches were mechanically excavated within the garden area, comprising a c. 0.5% sample of the land plot. These revealed undated colluvial deposits containing occasional waste flakes of Portland chert and trace amounts of probably late prehistoric pottery over paler Late Pleistocene head deposits. A shallow northwest - southeast aligned feature exposed in trenching at the southeastern end of the garden may be part of a ploughed-out lynchet boundary, probably originally of medieval date.
2011
P S Bellamy
An archaeological evaluation was undertaken by Terrain Archaeology in the garden of 18 Sweethill Road, Southwell, Portland (SY68447002) during October 2002. Two trenches were excavated. Both trenches revealed garden deposits immediately overlying the natural base. No archaeological finds, features, or deposits were encountered.
2002
P S Bellamy
S Tatler
2008
M Trevarthen
Terrain Archaeology undertook a programme of archaeological observations and recording at 19 St Martins Lane, Wareham, Dorset. Characteristically for this part of Wareham, a thick late medieval or post-medieval topsoil overlay a 0.3-0.4m thick reworked medieval soil containing pottery dating from the 10th/11th to at least the late 13th century. Of uncertain relationship with this soil, but probably originally cutting at least part of its thickness, were the remains of three small truncated 11th-12th century pits. All three appear to be broadly domestic in character, producing pottery and animal bone, as well as small quantities of smithing slag and hammer scale in two of them. Late medieval finds were absent and only small quantities of pre 18th-19th century post-medieval material were found from the topsoil. The findings from 19 St Martins Lane support a widely held view that Wareham saw sporadic urban expansion from its Late Saxon core throughout the 11th-13th centuries, before suffering significant economic stagnation and urban contraction after the 13th century.
2014
P S Bellamy
R Brooks
Rebecca Montague
Terrain Archaeology carried out an evaluation in the garden of 2 Linden Avenue, Dorchester (NGR 69519049) in February 2004, on behalf of Winslade and Watton Construction Ltd. This site lies in the southeast corner of the Roman town. Four small engineering test pits in the northern part of the garden were cleaned and recorded and a further two machine-trenches were excavated in the southern part of the site. No Roman features or finds were found. Overlying the natural chalk was a layer of garden soil representing the earlier garden prior to the construction of the present house in the 1960s. Sealing this were levelling layers of construction debris and soil, which form part of the landscaping for the present garden. Two pits filled with builder's debris were found in the northwest part of the site.
2004
M Trevarthen
Terrain Archaeology undertook a programme of archaeological observations and recording during excavation of foundation trenches for a rear extension to 2 Wick Lane, Christchurch, Dorset. No archaeological features or deposits were observed and no archaeologically significant finds were recovered.
2013
P S Bellamy
Archaeological observations were carried out during roadworks to install new speed bumps along High Street, Fordington, Dorchester (SY69619073 - SY69929044). No archaeological deposits were observed.
2002
P S Bellamy
Rebecca Montague
An archaeological evaluation was carried out by Terrain Archaeology in the back gardens of 41-45 High Street, Shaftesbury (ST 864229), during January/February 2001, on behalf of Provincial and Maritime Ltd. The evaluation comprised the excavation of six hand-dug test pits. Medieval soils and possible garden features were revealed in three testpits across the central part of the site. Elsewhere, the early stratigraphy either had been truncated by 19th century terracing, or was so deeply buried beneath 19th century deposits, that it was not revealed. The artefacts recovered from the site suggested occupation from the 11th century onwards.
2001
P S Bellamy
A watching brief undertaken by Terrain Archaeology during the construction of new dwellings in the rear gardens of 41-45 High Street, Shaftesbury (ST864229) in September 2002, for Maritime and Provincial Ltd. An ice well of probable 18th century date was discovered in the back garden of No.45. The ice well comprised a vertical stone-lined shaft 1.9 m diameter, with a domed brick roof. It was later reused as a soakaway with two drains leading into it. One drain contained a group of 1830s pottery, indicating that the ice well must have gone out of use in the early 19th century.
2003
P S Bellamy
Jill Draper
Archaeological observations and recording were carried out by Terrain Archaeology during the construction of a new extension to the rear 46 Broad Street, Lyme Regis (SY34079215), in October 2004. This was on the site of the Great House, a late 16th/early 17th century house, demolished in 1913. The remains of a stone building with cobbled floor and stone drains were exposed. This was probably an outbuilding, perhaps a stable, behind the Great House. It appears to have been demolished in the 18th or early 19th century. Another cobbled surface was found at a higher level and may be the remains of an outbuilding behind the present buildings.
2004
P S Bellamy
Rebecca Montague
Archaeological observations and recording were carried out by Terrain Archaeology during the construction of a new block of flats with car parking to the rear at 49 Fitzmaurice Road, Christchurch (SZ14359372), on behalf of Holton Homes. Ordnance Survey maps record the site of a tumulus in the northern part of the development. However, no traces of a round barrow or any other prehistoric features or finds were found. A small number of probable 20th century features associated with the garden of the former house on the site were investigated.
2004
P S Bellamy
Terrain Archaeology observed the excavation of the footings trenches for a new extension to 6 All Saints Road, Dorchester. A series of four small undated ditches were recorded, which may relate to medieval or later agricultural or gardening activity. A small concentration of Roman flue tile and a mortarium base were found at the base of the garden soil and may have been derived from the Roman town house found in All Saints Road at the end of the nineteenth century.
2015
P S Bellamy
Archaeological observations were carried out by Terrain Archaeology during the construction of an extension to an existing bungalow at 64 Casterbridge Road, Dorchester (SY70778992), by Greening Bros. The site lies adjacent to Mount Pleasant henge and Conquer Barrow. No archaeological features other than a modern soakaway were observed during the groundworks.
2002
 
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