Land South of A379, Newcourt, Exeter, Devon: Archaeological investigation

Cotswold Archaeology, 2019

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Introduction

Land South of A379, Newcourt, Exeter, Devon: Archaeological investigation

Archaeological investigations on land south of the A379, Newcourt, Exeter, identified activity of Mesolithic, Bronze Age, and post-medieval to modern date. The majority of features contained no dating evidence, but it is likely that many result from prehistoric activity on the site. Three pits, with holes dug into their bases, were identified as Mesolithic in origin, on the basis of two radiocarbon determinations from one of the pits (7050-6769 cal BC and 7036-6700 cal BC). A group of Bronze Age pottery, of 1625-1465 cal BC date, had been placed in a pit in the north-west of the site. A vessel deposited in a ditch in the south-east of the site is broadly of Middle Bronze Age date. A second ditch ran perpendicular to this ditch and was probably contemporary with it. Three round pits showing signs of burning - possibly from a domestic use such as an oven - were also revealed. Although undated, a prehistoric use is likely. Scattered across the whole excavation area were numerous pits and possible postholes; no structure or date could be ascertained for these.