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Magna Park, Land West of Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire. An Archaeological Desktop Assessment

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Appleby, Grahame 


An archaeological desk-top assessment of 164ha at land west of Whittlesey, was commissioned by CgMs Consulting on behalf of Gazeley UK Ltd. The desk based assessment is the latest stage of archaeological investigation of the Proposed Development Area (PDA) and study area environs. The aim of this document is to establish the baseline archaeological conditions, for inclusion within an Environmental Statement. The study area is considerably larger than is usual for desk-top assessments, being a 2.5km radius around the perimeter of the PDA. This was done on the request of Kasia Gdaniec of CAPCA. Of the 164 hectares comprising the PDA, 60 hectares have been subject to previous intrusive archaeological field evaluation and have planning permission for mineral and aggregate extraction. This assessment has collated information from earlier desk-top assessments, information held by the Peterborough and Cambridgeshire Historic Environment Records (HER), and the results of more recent archaeological surveys and excavations. The results demonstrate that the PDA is located in a landscape containing significant archaeology spanning the prehistoric to Romano-British Periods



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Cambridge Archaeological Unit, Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge

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