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Archaeological Investogations at the Hoyle Building Site, Madingley Rise, Cambridge

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Masser, Paul 


Two evaluation trenches, each measuring 3m x 1.5m, were hand-excavated in advance of the proposed construction of an extension to the Hoyle Building (TL43155945) on the University of Cambridge Madingley Rise Site. In both, large backfilled pits were partially revealed, probably associated with the gravel quarrying known to have taken place in the locality from the medieval period, if not earlier. While the pitting in one trench was clearly 18th-19th century in date, the backfill in the other trench contained sherds of exclusively Iron Age pottery (both Late and Early). Although the excavated area was small and the features consequently difficult to interpret, and residuality cannot be ruled out, this material at least confirms the presence of later prehistoric occupation in a location that more circumstantial evidence has long suggested may have been an important focus of early settlement in the area.



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Cambridge Archaeological Unit, Department of Archaeology, University of Cambridge

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