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Hereward Park, Ely, Cambridgeshire. An Archaeological Desk Based Assessment.



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Appleby, Grahame 


As part of the assessment of the archaeological potential on the site of the proposed 9.7 hectare Hereward Park, Ely (centred on TL 5300 8147), this archaeological desk based assessment was commissioned by Denton Williams /Martin Robeson & Partners Ltd. The site is located approximately 1.5km west of the centre of Ely. Archival, aerial and cartographic sources demonstrate that the site is located in an area with known archaeology, including early prehistoric Iron Age, Roman and Saxon activity, and extensive medieval and later agricultural features. Recent fieldwork adjacent to the proposed development area and geophysical survey revealed the presence of some archaeological features; dominated by the ploughed out remains of ridge and furrow agriculture with evidence of Middle Saxon occupation and associated field systems, with a background presence of Iron Age and Romano-British activity. The north area predominantly contained Medieval ridge and furrows in addition to a few undated linear features.



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Cambridge Archaeological Unit, Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge

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