Monument record THS 031 - Geophysical anomalies, Land north of Norton Road (COT) EVL EXC

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Geophysical survey identified anomalies including pits, relic field boundaries, and a possible trackway.


Grid reference Centred TL 9238 6576 (367m by 594m)
Map sheet TL96NW


Type and Period (10)

Full Description

November 2017: The detailed fluxgate gradiometer survey recorded a variety of geophysical anomalies, including those indicative of archaeological pits, relic field boundaries and a linear area interpreted as a potential trackway. Anomalies of geological origin were also prospected (S1).

January 2019: Archaeological evaluation partially confirmed the results of the preceding geophysical survey. Limited evidence for Early to Middle Bronze Age activity was encountered in the southeast corner of the site in the form of a small pit containing a fragment of pottery of this period, as well as a flint of uncertain date. Middle to Late Iron Age activity was recorded in the southern half of the site, in the form of a number of pits and post holes, while adjoining sherds from a large storage vessel were recovered from the field surface in the northern half of the site. A number of historic field boundary ditches were observed across the site, matching historic mapping and corresponding to strong geophysical anomalies. A large quarry pit partially exposed in the central part of the site is likely indicative of localised gravel extraction. Of note are fragments of a previously disturbed inhumation burial of likely Iron Age-Roman date incorporated within two separate backfill deposits. No evidence for burial was notes elsewhere on the site and while the quarry pit may have cut through an earlier grave it is possible that the skeletal material is derived from off-site and was collected up with the other domestic waste, including a large assemblage of animal bone, and deposited in the pit at the point of backfilling. The combined finds and environmental evidence suggest some potential for settlement activity within the wider area during the Iron Age. However, there is no clear evidnece for any form of intensive or extensive settlement activity within the site itself (S2).

Sources/Archives (2)

  • --- Unpublished document: Schofield, T.. 2017. Geophysical Survey Report: Land north of Norton Road, Thurston.
  • --- Unpublished document: Moosbauer, A.. 2019. Archaeological Evaluation Report: Land at Norton Road, Thurston.

Finds (8)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Oct 16 2020 2:47PM

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