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An Archaeological Evaluation at the Former Charrington Oil Depot, 22-24 Clarendon Road, Cambridge


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Kenny, David 

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Evaluation trenching in an area to the south of Cambridge revealed evidence of 19th and 20th century terracing, ground levelling and gravel extraction, as well as considerable petrochemical contamination of large parts of the site. This is undoubtedly associated with the Charrington Oil Depot and its railway branch line and has considerably reduced the potential for archaeological survival across the area. In the area to the south of the former oil depot however, undisturbed features and deposits survive which are indicative of prehistoric or Romano-British field systems. These are discussed in relation to evidence of agricultural or horticultural practice identified recently at the nearby Brooklands Avenue, and in terms of the wider field systems in the southern hinterland of the Roman settlement at Cambridge.

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Cambridge Archaeological Unit, Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge

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