Information for record number MWA8197:
Iron Age boundary ditch, Charlecote Road, Charlecote

Summary An archaeological excavation discovered a boundary ditch dating to the Iron Age, as well as a sherd of pottery. The site is located 300m north west of the church, wellesbourne.
What Is It?  
Type: Boundary Ditch, Ditch
Period: Iron Age (800 BC - 42 AD)
Where Is It?  
Parish: Charlecote
District: Stratford on Avon, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 27 55
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Level of Protection National - Old SMR PrefRef (Grade: )
Sites & Monuments Record

Source Number  

1 An archaeological evaluation on land north of Charlecote Road, Charlecote uncovered the line of a boundary ditch of probable Iron Age date in the eastern side of the field. A single sherd of Iron Age pottery was recovered from one of the ditch fills. In trenches 11, 12 and 13 the remains of a sequence of ditches was recorded. These shared the same NE-SW alignement and were in approximately the same location. The multi-phase ditch sequence is similar to another recorded during an evaluation at 2-3 Chalecote Road in 1997. It is possible that the trench 11-13 ditches are a continuation of the Charlecote Road sequence, with 90 degree change in alignment. This would suggest the existence of a large Iron Age enclosure encompassing the south-east corner of the development site.

Source No: 1
Source Type: Evaluation Report
Title: Archaeological Evaluation on Land North of Charlecote Road, Charlecote
Author/originator: Jones C
Date: 1998
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technique excavation Archaeologists excavate sites so that they can find information and recover archaeological materials before they are destroyed by erosion, construction or changes in land-use.

Depending on how complicated and widespread the archaeological deposits are, excavation can be done by hand or with heavy machinery. Archaeologists may excavate a site in a number of ways; either by open area excavation, by digging a test pit or a trial trench.
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period Iron Age About 800 BC to 43 AD

The Iron Age comes after the Bronze Age and before the Roman period. It is a time when people developed the skills and knowledge to work and use iron, hence the name ‘Iron Age’ which is given to this period. Iron is a much tougher and more durable metal than bronze but it also requires more skill to make objects from it. People continued to use bronze during this period.
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monument SITE * Unclassifiable site with minimal information. Specify site type wherever possible. back
monument CHURCH * A building used for public Christian worship. Use more specific type where known. back
monument ROAD * A way between different places, used by horses, travellers on foot and vehicles. back
monument BOUNDARY DITCH * A ditch that indicates the limit of an area or a piece of land. back
monument WELL * A shaft or pit dug in the ground over a supply of spring-water. back
monument FIELD * An area of land, often enclosed, used for cultivation or the grazing of livestock. back
monument ENCLOSURE * An area of land enclosed by a boundary ditch, bank, wall, palisade or other similar barrier. Use specific type where known. back
monument TRENCH * An excavation used as a means of concealment, protection or both. back
monument DITCH * A long and narrow hollow or trench dug in the ground, often used to carry water though it may be dry for much of the year. back

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