Area 5 – Oct-Dec 2001

Map of earliest features in Area 5Map of earliest features in Area 5This area was a focal point for late Bronze Age (1100-700 BC) activity on the site. In the first part of the Late Bronze Age a row of pits appear to form a field boundary. Later two ditches (10671)(10672) form an avenue or possible droveway leading towards the palaeochannel. This activity seems to have led to a continued use of the space within the Iron Age (700 BC-100 AD), where Iron Age ‘lazy beds’ can be seen to overlay the Bronze Age features.
 
Photograph of Roundhouse gully excavated on site - Red line marks outline of RoundhousePhotograph of Roundhouse gully excavated on site - Red line marks outline of RoundhouseWe find our first conclusive signs of settlement, dating from the Late Iron Age/Early Roman period. This is shown by the presence of foundations from a roundhouse. Pits and post-holes within the roundhouse suggest internal storage areas and possible divisions of space.
 
Artists impression of what an Iron Age Roundhouse might have looked likeArtists impression of what an Iron Age Roundhouse might have looked likeTwo contemporary groups of pits (10693)(10688) to the south of the roundhouse are thought to have been used for some form of industrial activity. Ditches within this area were not only boundaries and enclosures but also part of a system of water management/flood control.
 
Map showing location of RoundhouseMap showing location of Roundhouse