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The Old Tescos Site, Broad Street, Ely. Watching Brief 2000 - 2001



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Following on from an earlier evaluation, intensive watching brief was undertaken at the Old Tesco s site, Broad Street, Ely, in advance of housing construction. The results confirmed that the depth of modern overburden and Post-Medieval garden soils meant that the majority of groundworks did not impact upon archaeologically significant deposits. Evidence of possible Roman activity near the river Great Ouse was uncovered. No Saxon period remains were found, although the nature of the work means that this cannot be taken as evidence of their absence. Between the 12th and 15th centuries there is evidence of domestic occupation in the northwest half of the site,· along the Broad Street, Hythe Lane and Back Lane frontages, but only very limited activity in the southeast half of the site. in the 16th century the amount of domestic occupation decreases, but there is evidence for industrial activity near the river with the rest of the area predominantly given over to horticulture. .In the 17th and 18th centuries the focus of industrial activity moves away from the river and there is evidence far increased levels of activity on the Broad Street frontage.



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Cambridge Archaeological Unit, Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge

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