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An Archaeological Desk Based Assessment of Downing College Sports Field, Long Road, Cambridge

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Hall, Andrew 


This Archaeological Desk Based Assessment was commissioned by Cambridge University Estates Management Services. It relates to an area of 3.3 hectares to the south of Long Road, Cambridge. The study reveals probable later prehistoric settlement archaeology with related field system, immediately adjacent on both the east and west sides of the sports field. A Roman road traverses the site, with potentially a further important Roman route way immediately to the east. Roman pottery finds on the field itself and the extension of a sub circular enclosure of probable Iron Age date into the western fringes of the field, all provide indication of significant known and potential archaeology within the site. With little or no later disturbance from construction or landscaping, any such features are likely to be well preserved.



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Cambridge Archaeological Unit, Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge

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