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Peterborough to March Link, Phase 2. The King's Delph to Linwood Pipeline: An Archaeological Evaluation.


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Tabor, Jonathon 

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An archaeological evaluation was undertaken by Cambridge Archaeological Unit (CAU) in January and February 2008, along the proposed route of a water supply pipeline, as part of the Anglian Water Peterborough to March reinforcement scheme. The proposed pipeline route links King's Delph reservoir, Whittlesey (TL 234 960), in the west, to Linwood reservoir, Wimblington (TL 409 935), in the east. The work was commissioned by Grontmij Ltd on behalf of Anglian Water Services Ltd and comprised a programme of trial trenches and 4x4m test pits located in order to evaluate three areas of archaeological and palaeoenvironmental potential along the proposed route. The archaeological remains exposed along the proposed route of the pipeline were confined to two areas of high ground, or 'dry land' at each end of the route. At King's Delph, Whittlesey remains provisionally dated to the later prehistoric period in the form of a possible pit alignment and ditch occupying the fen edge were exposed. A series of four parallel ditches, one of which contained a fragment of Late Bronze Age / Early Iron Age pottery, were also exposed on the crest of the high ground. At Linwood Farm, Wimblington, evidence of later prehistoric land division was encountered in the form of a series of ditches, two of which yielded Late Bronze Age / Early Iron Age pottery fragments. Further potential phases of land division or drainage are also represented by a number of undated ditches. An area of low lying fen measuring some 16km in length, which divides the two areas was confirmed to be of low archaeological potential.

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Cambridge Archaeological Unit, Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge

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