Webley, L. and Hiller, J. (2009). A fen island in the Neolithic and Bronze Age: excavations at North Fen, Sutton, Cambrisgeshire. Proceedings of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society 98. Vol 98, pp. 11-36. https://doi.org/10.5284/1073400. Cite this via datacite

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A fen island in the Neolithic and Bronze Age: excavations at North Fen, Sutton, Cambrisgeshire
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excavations at North Fen, Sutton, Cambridgeshire
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Proceedings of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society 98
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Proceedings of the Cambridge Antiquarian Society
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98
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236
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11 - 36
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Excavations revealed prehistoric activity on a small gravel island within the fen. A buried soil horizon survived across most of the site, which produced pottery and large quantities of worked flint of later Neolithic/ Early Bronze Age date. Associated features included shallow pits and hollows and two large waterholes, one of which contained a timber-revetted platform securely dated to the Early Bronze Age. Environmental evidence from this feature shows that it was situated within an area of pasture. It is argued that the site was probably occupied discontinuously through the course of the Later Neolithic and Early Bronze Age. Patterning in the spatial distributions of different flint tool types across the site suggest discrete episodes of activity focused on differing tasks. The occupation horizon was subsequently buried by an alluvial soil layer, representing abandonment of the site under conditions of increased wetness and flooding, before the island was engulfed by the fen during the Later Bronze Age or Iron Age.
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Leo Webley
Jonathan Hiller
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2009
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Pits (Auto Detected Subject))
Early Bronze Age (MIDAS)
Pottery (Auto Detected Subject))
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Neolithic (MIDAS)
Iron Age (MIDAS)
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Prehistoric (MIDAS)
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01 Jul 2010