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Archaeological Desktop Assessment and Evaluation at the Cambridge and County Folk Museum, Castle Street, Cambridge

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Dickens, Alison 
Armour, Nicholas 


The desktop assessment has confirmed the high archaeological potential for the site and the evaluation, though limited, has demonstrated that the conditions are good for survival of any archaeology at depth. The likely sequence might be (1) remains of demolished rear building(s) fairly close to the surface. Based on the map evidence these could range in date from the 17th to early 20th century. (2) Successive ‘yard’/rear property deposits. This may include surfaces and evidence of pitting and other back yard activities. It is possible that at least some of this material has been imported onto the site. (3) Stone and mortar structures at depth. These are most likely to be Roman but, based on depth comparison with Chesterton Lane corner, could be Saxon. A stone Saxon building would be very unusual and at the present time a Roman date seems more likely. (4) Natural is estimated to be at about 3.00m below ground surface.



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Cambridge Archaeological Unit, Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge

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