214 Bursledon Road, Southampton. Archaeological Watching Brief (SOU1742)

Southampton City Council Archaeology Unit, 2019

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Introduction

214 Bursledon Road, Southampton. Archaeological Watching Brief (SOU1742)

Planning permission was obtained to build on land at 214 Bursledon Road, Southampton. A watching brief condition was placed on the planning permission due to the site's location in Area 16 of the Local Areas of Archaeological Potential, and the site being 65m from the line of the Roman Road from Southampton to Chichester. The site lies in an area of scattered prehistoric finds and late 19th century maps show that the site was rough pasture in an area called Sholing Common.

The watching brief was conducted by Southampton City Council Archaeology unit in January 2017 during the excavation of the foundation trenches. Nothing of certain archaeological significance was found. The natural was clay, overlain by a layer of early modern or later garden soil. The only possible archaeological feature was feature 3, a hollow in the natural that contained a few burnt flints. The flints were reddened rather than shattered, and could have been caused by a bonfire at any date. The topsoil was checked for finds and no pre-20th century artifacts were found.

The archive contains text documents, raster images and an Access database. No finds were retained for the permanent archive. The paper archive and the photographic archive; comprised of black and white negatives and colour slides, were deposited with Southampton City Council Museums archaeological collections.