5.2.4 Chevannes

At Chevannes, Niaux made finds from the gas pipeline including the shoulder of a Dressel 1 amphora and other possible Iron Age or Gallo-Roman sherds. The pasture fields south-east and south-west of the present farm were investigated by both magnetometer and resistivity survey, the latter revealing various linear and curvilinear features. Aerial photographs taken by F. Cognot in 1991 show faint traces of possible enclosures to the south of Chevannes Farm (R. Niaux Archive, CAE), which are likely to be these.

A topographic survey of the two fields adjacent to the modern farm by the RN 81 was also undertaken, as they contain a series of earthwork platforms or terraces, which could well be medieval or even earlier. A small amount of pottery was recovered from molehills in the pasture. A small backed flint blade and a probable gunflint were also found.

The pottery from Chevannes (UF 21)

No of sherds: 20; weight: 80g
The group is similar to Beaufort and Ravery (below) in being dominated by fabric B4a (80% by number). Two sherds of W3a are probably Gallo-Roman. The lack of Gallo-Roman type fabrics in the assemblage and close parallels to the Ravery assemblage may imply very late Roman or early medieval settlement in the vicinity of the modern Chevannes Farm.

Stray finds (molehills)21No diagnostic ceramic forms
Lithics (not illustrated)
Gradiometry survey: 1.0m x 0.5m (4.59 ha)
Resistivity survey: 1.0m x 1.0m (1.53 ha)
Topographic survey
38, 58
59, 63
57, 63
Fig. 43 Gradiometry results
Fig. 44 Resistivity results
Fig. 45 Interpretation & topography


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