Central zone, land boundary changes - Period 2B

The apparent site clearance and preparation episode and the subsequent imposition of the road infrastructure clearly signal the replacement of the Period 2A enclosure system. Across the central part of the lower terrace, this change is most profound. Although alignments may generally follow those of the earlier landscape, the roads create very definite new land entities (Figure 6). Roads 3, 4 and 5 delineate two elongated enclosures - initially termed Open Areas 17 and 19 - that are postulated to taper toward the east; the roads probably merging in Development Area A4 or thereabouts. To their west, at least one further enclosure (OA18) is defined by Roads 1 and 2 and by probably ditched boundaries along the north. The nature of the inferred activities within these plots is distinctly different from those elsewhere in the settlement, as is described elsewhere.

As such, they are regarded as forming a cohesive block across the middle of the terrace that is henceforth referred to as the 'Central Zone' of the settlement.

Period summary view | Open areas, enclosure systems and roads on the lower terrace

As exposed within the investigated parts of the site, the majority of the boundaries demarcating the Central Zone and its component enclosures OAs 17, 18 and 19 are provided by the newly created roads.Only the other (non-road) boundary elements are referred to here, as the newly created roads are described in the following:

The Period 2B northern boundary of OA18 is largely inferred. It is certainly present by Period 3, manifest as ditch 25035, with ditch 25034 implying the existence of an adjacent enclosure lying to the west.


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