Cornah, T. and Rogers, T. (2013). Archaeological excavation at Aston Tavern, Aston, Birmingham. Worcester: Worcestershire Archaeology. https://doi.org/10.5284/1024491. Cite this using datacite

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Archaeological excavation at Aston Tavern, Aston, Birmingham
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Worcestershire Archaeology unpublished report series
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https://doi.org/10.5284/1024491
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A rectangular area to the rear of the former tavern was stripped of overburden by mechanical excavator to reveal sands and gravels on a steep north facing slope, at the base of which sandstone bedrock was exposed. Subsequent hand excavation revealed three broad phases of archaeological activity.Two intercutting medieval ditches were recorded crossing the eastern side of the excavation area from north to south. Pottery from these ditches was dated early 13th and early 14th centuries. Crossing the centre of the excavation on a similar line, the base of a medieval stone wall was recorded, set within a wide construction cut or ditch. This is interpreted as a boundary wall relating to the properties fronting onto the former village street to the south, or the remains of a building. Pottery from the fill of this ditch was dated to the 15th or 16th Centuries. Post medieval deposits chiefly comprised a series of intercutting pits with largely sterile fills. These are thought to have been dug for the extraction of sand and gravel and backfilled soon after. A probable tree bowl is evidence of the use of the plot as an orchard during this period. Modern deposits comprised substantial amounts of material imported to level the beer garden, structures relating to the use of the pub and waste demolition material dumped on the site after the closure of the pub. The survival of remains associated with Medieval Aston is significant and contributes to a growing body of evidence relating to settlement in the vicinity of Birmingham. Of the former medieval villages and hamlets in Birmingham, only Kings Norton and Minworth Greaves have previously been investigated by archaeological excavation.
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T Cornah
T Rogers
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Worcestershire Archaeology
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Historic England (OASIS Reviewer)
Birmingham City Council (OASIS Reviewer)
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2013
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Site: Aston Tavern, Aston Hall Road
Parish: BIRMINGHAM
District: BIRMINGHAM
County: WEST MIDLANDS
Country: England
Location - Auto Detected: Kings Norton
Location - Auto Detected: Aston
Location - Auto Detected: Birmingham
Grid Reference: 408370, 289890 (Easting, Northing)
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Medieval (GLL) Ceramic (Find)
Post Medieval (GLL) Ceramic (Find)
Medieval (GLL) Boundary Wall (Monus)
Medieval (GLL) Ditches (Monus)
Post Medieval (MIDAS)
Medieval (MIDAS)
15th (Auto Detected Temporal)
Medieval (MIDAS)
Early 13th (Auto Detected Temporal)
Early 14th Centuries (Auto Detected Temporal)
20th Century (MIDAS)
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OASIS Id: fieldsec1-168725
OBIB: Report number: 2014
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28 Nov 2016