Thornhill Farm, Fairford, Gloucestershire

Alex Smith, 2008

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Between 1979 and 1989 the Oxford Archaeological Unit (now Oxford Archaeology) undertook extensive excavations of a late prehistoric cropmark complex at Claydon Pike and Thornhill Farm, Fairford. The excavation of the western element of the complex, Thornhill Farm, forms the subject of the current report. The excavations were implemented with the co-operation of the Amey Roadstone Corporation (ARC) and formed part of a co-ordinated archaeological response to the threat posed by gravel extraction during the creation of the Cotswold Water Park. The work at Thornhill involved the excavation of numerous evaluation trenches, four open area excavations and extensive salvage operations over a total area of approximately 40.5 ha.

The excavations have recently been published as a print volume:

Jennings, D, Muir, J, Palmer, S and Smith, A, 2004 Thornhill Farm, Fairford, Gloucestershire. An Iron Age and Roman pastoral site in the Upper Thames Valley, Thames Valley Landscapes Monograph no. 23

The digital dissemination of important parts of the digital archive was part of the English Heritage Rescue of Complete Archaeological Projects (RECAP) initiative.

Users of this archive may be interested in viewing the digital archive arising from investigations of the outlying Prehistoric and Roman settlement - Coln Gravel, Thornhill Farm - excavated between 2003-2004 with funding from the ALSF.