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Chesterton House, Chesterton, Cambridge. An Archaeological Evaluation.



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Newman, Richard 


A trench-based evaluation, comprising a single trench covering 13.5sqm, was undertaken within the garden of Chesterton House, Chesterton, Cambridge. This revealed evidence for three phases of activity at the site. The earliest phase consisted of two undated postholes and a pit. As they were relatively substantial in scale, it is possible that the postholes comprised part of a Late Saxon/Saxo-Norman post-built structure. Any additional evidence pertaining to this period was removed during the 17th century, however, when an extensive horizon of gravel quarry pits - extending over 80% of the trench's area - was created. A fine hammer-struck silver half-crown of Charles II was associated with this phase, although a dearth of earlier material culture (even within residual contexts) indicates that occupation is unlikely to have occurred during the intervening Medieval period. Finally, around 1790 the sequence was capped by an extensive made-ground deposit that was associated with the establishment of Chesterton House itself.



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Cambridge Archaeological Unit, Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge

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