Condition of the archaeological deposits

The succession revealed in Trench 1 probably comprised a series of extensive external build-ups in yards behind properties fronting onto Pavement (Figure 5), cut repeatedly by pits ranging from about 1-3m in diameter and about 1-2m deep. The deposits were dated (on the basis of pottery from the evaluation excavation) to the mid 11th to mid 13th centuries, with very little residuality and no later intrusive sherds. Samples were obtained from the archaeological evaluation trench, from the re-excavation of the evaluation trench to allow the insertion of the soil moisture cells, from the trench excavated for the installation of the boreholes within the building, and from the boreholes constructed outside the building.

For the samples from boreholes, it was practicable only to obtain results for insect erosion and colour change. For this reason, most of the following discussion is concerned solely with the approximately 2m of stratigraphy sampled by excavation in Trench 1.


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