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Case study - Covenham to Boston water mains pipeline

Mesolithic and Neolithic flint making

The archaeological work required on this scheme was carried out between October 2011 and May 2013 by Oxford Archaeology East in accordance with our legislative duties.

27 excavation sites were required over a length of 60km which began with a total of 207 trenches dug and archaeologically evaluated.

The earliest finds were Mesolithic and Neolithic flint making. The most prevalent were those dated to the Iron Age and Roman period with 19 sites producing evidence of settlement.

Cat head - part of the large amounts of pottery and various curios found

These finds consisted of large amounts of pottery and various curios such as this cats head.

A range of features were identified at each of these sites that included boundary/enclosure ditches and ring gullies as well as groups and alignments of pits and postholes, many of which were associated with varying amounts of domestic refuse. Of the Iron Age and Roman sites, 15 comprised a single phase of activity with no evidence for multi-period use.

In length, this scheme is the longest that we have ever built. The results of the archaeology will be translated into a number of presentations to interested parties along the route when all the analysis has been completed.


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