A rectangular post-built hall and associated boundary represents the first identifiable activity in Area 1. These features are provisionally interpreted as Early or Middle Saxon. The hall was later cut by a major ditch system of at least two phases, associated with a9th century pit incorporating a human female skull.

A number of irregular features cutting the chalk bedrock were filled with sterile orange-brown silty clay (I.1). These have been assigned to Period I, and are interpreted as natural features.

In Period II, a rectangular post-hole structure, Building 1, was constructed (II.1). There were no associated floor levels and no dating evidence from the post-holes, but it is interpreted as being of Anglo-Saxon date on purely morphological grounds. A parallel gully system (II.2) may represent an associated property boundary. The building was subsequently abandoned (II.3) and the gullies backfilled (II.4).

In Period III, a major north-south ditch was dug across the site (III.1), cutting across Building 1. This was subsequently backfilled (III.2) and recut (III.3), creating a rubble bank to the west which protected some of the earlier features from truncation. To the east of the ditch there was a circular pit, containing a human female skull, and associated features (III.4). The ditch was subsequently backfilled (III.5). A number of uninterpretable features (III.6) have also been assigned to Period III. This period is dated to the 9th century AD on the basis of finds evidence from the fills.

Finally, Period IV saw the build up of ploughsoil (IV.2) across the site, including at least one episode of deep ploughing (IV.1).

cut | 1039 | - | 1047 | 1035 | 1037 | 1041 | - | 1052 | 1054 | 1056 | 1066 | 1067 | 1058 | 1076 |
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

fill | 1038 | 1042 | 1019 | 1034 | 1036 | 1040 | 1045 | 1046 | 1053 | 1055 | - | - | 1057 | 1075 |

A number of irregular features (1035, 1037, 1039, 1041, 1047, 1052, 1054, 1056, 1058, 1066-7, 1076) cut the chalk bedrock. These formed no interpretable pattern, and apart from occasional surface finds they were archaeologically sterile. They were generally less than 0.2m in depth. The fills were predominantly of a distinctive clean orange brown clay (1034, 1036, 1038, 1042, 1045-6, 1053, 1055, 1057, 1075), although several contained concentrations of angular chalk fragments (1019, 1040). They are interpreted as natural periglacial features.

**II.1 Construction of Building 1**

1070 | 1072 | 1081 | 1096 | 1100 | 1103 | 1105 | 1109 | 1112 | 1114 | 1116 | 1118 | 1119 | 1127 | 1130 | 1131 |

**II.2 Linear north-south gullies and associated features **

1078 | 1094 | 1095 | 1098 | 1099 | 1107 | 1108 | 1126 |

**II.3 Destruction of Building 1**

1059 | 1060 | 1069 | 1071 | 1082 | 1097 | 1101 | 1104 | 1106 | 1110 | 1111 | 1113 | 1115 | 1117 | 1120 | 1128 |

**II.4 Filling of north-south gullies**

1002 | 1074 | 1125 |

**III.1 Cutting of main north-south ditch**

1079 | 1129 |

**III.2 Filling of main north-south ditch**

1028 |

**
****III.3 Re-cutting of main north-south ditch**

1029 | 1123 |

**
****III.4 Circular pit and associated features**

1003 | 1043 | 1044 | 1048 | 1049 | 1050 | 1051 | 1063 | 1064 | 1073 | 1083 | 1084 | 1086 | 1087 | 1088 | 1090 | 1091 |

**III.5 Filling of main north-south ditch**

1004 | 1026 | 1027 | 1077 | 1102 | 1121 | 1122 | 1124 |

**III.6 Miscellaneous cut features**

cut | 1093 | 1068 |
---|---|---|

fill | 1092 | 1065 |

cut | 1008 | 1010 | 1012 | 1014 | 1016 | 1018 | 1022 | 1023 | 1025 | 1031 | 1033 | 1062 |
---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|---|

fill | 1007 | 1009 | 1011 | 1013 | 1015 | 1017 | 1020 | 1021 | 1024 | 1030 | 1032 | 1061 |

1000 | 1001 | 1080 |

CONTEXT NO | PHASING |
---|---|

1000 | IV.2 |

1001 | IV.2 |

1002 | II.4 |

1003 | III.4 |

1004 | III.5 |

1007 | IV.1 |

1008 | IV.1 |

1009 | IV.1 |

1010 | IV.1 |

1011 | IV.1 |

1012 | IV.1 |

1013 | IV.1 |

1014 | IV.1 |

1015 | IV.1 |

1016 | IV.1 |

1017 | IV.1 |

1018 | IV.1 |

1019 | I.1 |

1020 | IV.1 |

1021 | IV.1 |

1022 | IV.1 |

1023 | IV.1 |

1024 | IV.1 |

1025 | IV.1 |

1026 | III.5 |

1027 | III.5 |

1028 | III.2 |

1029 | III.3 |

1030 | IV.1 |

1031 | IV.1 |

1032 | IV.1 |

1033 | IV.1 |

1034 | I.1 |

1035 | I.1 |

1036 | I.1 |

1037 | I.1 |

1038 | I.1 |

1039 | I.1 |

1040 | I.1 |

1041 | I.1 |

1042 | I.1 |

1043 | III.4 |

1044 | III.4 |

1045 | I.1 |

1046 | I.1 |

1047 | I.1 |

1048 | III.4 |

1049 | III.4 |

1050 | III.4 |

1051 | III.4 |

1052 | I.1 |

1053 | I.1 |

1054 | I.1 |

1055 | I.1 |

1056 | I.1 |

1057 | I.1 |

1058 | I.1 |

1059 | II.3 |

1060 | II.3 |

1061 | IV.1 |

1062 | IV.1 |

1063 | III.4 |

1064 | III.4 |

1065 | III.6 |

CONTEXT NO | PHASING |
---|---|

1066 | I.1 |

1067 | I.1 |

1068 | III.6 |

1069 | II.3 |

1070 | II.1 |

1071 | II.3 |

1072 | II.1 |

1073 | III.4 |

1074 | II.4 |

1075 | I.1 |

1076 | I.1 |

1077 | III.5 |

1078 | II.2 |

1079 | III.1 |

1080 | IV.2 |

1081 | II.1 |

1082 | II.3 |

1083 | III.4 |

1084 | III.4 |

1086 | III.4 |

1087 | III.4 |

1088 | III.4 |

1090 | III.4 |

1091 | III.4 |

1092 | III.6 |

1093 | III.6 |

1094 | II.2 |

1095 | II.2 |

1096 | II.1 |

1097 | II.3 |

1098 | II.2 |

1099 | II.2 |

1100 | II.1 |

1101 | II.3 |

1102 | III.5 |

1103 | II.1 |

1104 | II.3 |

1105 | II.1 |

1106 | II.3 |

1107 | II.2 |

1108 | II.2 |

1109 | II.1 |

1110 | II.3 |

1111 | II.3 |

1112 | II.1 |

1113 | II.3 |

1114 | II.1 |

1115 | II.3 |

1116 | II.1 |

1117 | II.3 |

1118 | II.1 |

1119 | II.1 |

1120 | II.3 |

1121 | III.5 |

1122 | III.5 |

1123 | III.3 |

1124 | III.5 |

1125 | II.4 |

1126 | II.2 |

1127 | II.1 |

1128 | II.3 |

1129 | III.1 |

1130 | II.1 |

1131 | II.1 |