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Excavations at West Deeping (King Street), Lincolnshire: Phase 1


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Murrell, Kerry 

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An archaeological excavation (4.72 hectares) was carried out by Cambridge Archaeological Unit between June and October 2007 on behalf of CEMEX UK Materials Limited in advance of gravel extraction on land north of West Deeping, Lincolnshire, centred on NGR 511384 309610, and continued on from a previous evaluation (Patten 2002). The excavation revealed prehistoric activity from the Late Neolithic to the Early Iron Age, as well as Romano-British and post-Medieval but was predominantly occupied in the Middle Bronze Age period. Late Neolithic/ Early Bronze Age burials containing worked antler and bone artefacts were recovered, which may have been covered by a burial mound. The core component of the Middle Bronze Age was a multi-phased droveway with attached enclosures and an associated field system. Several small un-complex structures were also identified. Over 100 pits were revealed, the larger of which appeared to have had multi uses. Two Middle Bronze Age pit burials were also recorded. Late Bronze Age/ Early Iron Age activity was sparse and took the form of several pits, a cremation and burial, and a partial ring ditch. Similarly the Romano-British activity within the PEA is ephemeral, composed of superficial field systems and an expanse of inter-cutting quarry pits adjacent to the Roman Road, King Street. A series of post-Medieval drainage ditches were revealed across the entirety of site which truncated all earlier phases of activity.

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Cambridge Archaeological Unit, Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge

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