E-monograph Series. No. 25

Iron Age Settlement at Blackstone, Worcestershire: Excavations 1972, 1973, and 1977

By Derek Hurst1, Alan Hunt and Peter Davenport

With contributions by Alan Clapham, Laura Griffin, Carole Keepax, Alison Locker, Elaine Morris, P. Paradine, Elizabeth Pearson, Fiona Roe and Peter Woodward. Illustrations by Carolyn Hunt, Cliff Denham, Kathy Laws, Julie Lovett, Lindsay Macdonald and Laura Templeton

1Historic Environment and Archaeology Service, Woodbury Hall, University of Worcester, Henwick Grove, Worcester WR2 6AJ. Email: dhurst@worcestershire.gov.uk.

Cite this as: Hurst, D., Hunt, A. and Davenport, P. 2010 Iron Age Settlement at Blackstone, Worcestershire: Excavations 1972, 1973, and 1977, Internet Archaeology 28. https://doi.org/10.11141/ia.28.3


Excavations at Blackstone

Aerial photography in 1957 resulted in the discovery of a rectangular double-ditched enclosure overlooking the Severn floodplain near Bewdley, Worcestershire (UK). Excavation in the 1970s, in advance of gravel extraction, provided limited evidence of Mesolithic, Neolithic and Bronze Age activity prior to occupation in the later Iron Age, when the enclosure was established. This comprised a ditch and bank, and later a palisade and ditch, with single and double portal gateways respectively, and with buildings internally. Pottery and briquetage indicate trading links with the wider region, respectively with west and north Worcestershire, and with Droitwich. The main Iron Age occupation is dated from the 2nd century into the 1st century BC.

By the 3rd-4th centuries AD the site was apparently cultivated, as small quantities of Romano-British pottery were scattered across it, probably as a result of manuring arable fields associated with a nearby, but as yet unlocated, settlement. Similarly, in the medieval and post-medieval periods a thin scatter of finds in the overlying soils indicated further agricultural activity.

Unusually, the 1979 Iron Age site structural analysis has been largely retained in the current report without full revision but accompanied by a separate modern commentary, allied with the updated finds and environmental reporting, and overall discussion.

The publishers acknowledge with gratitude a grant from English Heritage towards this publication.

English Heritage            Worcestershire County Council

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