Information for record number MWA12088:
Ditches and banks at Bubbenhall

Summary Two fields on the south-west fringes of Bubbenhall show evidence of banks and ditches on aerial photographs.
What Is It?  
Type: Drainage Ditch, Bank (Earthwork)
Period: Unknown
Where Is It?  
Parish: Bubbenhall
District: Warwick, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 36 72
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Level of Protection Local

Source Number  

1 Two fields on the south-west fringes of Bubbenhall between Long fields and Old House Farm showing evidence of banks and ditches were mapped as part of the English Heritage National Mapping Project. The features have no obvious pattern and appear to be drainage ditches with spoil from their construction or clearance heaped beside them.

Source No: 1
Source Type: Aerial Photograph
Title: RAF 3G TUD UK 28 Frame 5302
Author/originator: RAF
Date: 15 Jan 1946
Page Number: Frame 5302
Volume/Sheet: RAF 3G TUD UK 28
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technique Earthwork Earthworks can take the form of banks, ditches and mounds. They are usually created for a specific purpose. A bank, for example, might be the remains of a boundary between two or more fields. Some earthworks may be all that remains of a collapsed building, for example, the grassed-over remains of building foundations.

In the winter, when the sun is lower in the sky than during the other seasons, earthworks have larger shadows. From the air, archaeologists are able to see the patterns of the earthworks more easily. Earthworks can sometimes be confusing when viewed at ground level, but from above, the general plan is much clearer.

Archaeologists often carry out an aerial survey or an earthwork survey to help them understand the lumps and bumps they can see on the ground.
technique Aerial Photograph Aerial photographs are taken during an aerial survey, which involves looking at the ground from above. It is usually easier to see cropmarks and earthworks when they are viewed from above. Aerial photographs help archaeologists to record what they see and to identify new sites. There are two kinds of aerial photographs; oblique and vertical. back
monument HOUSE * A building for human habitation, especially a dwelling place. Use more specific type where known. back
monument FEATURE * Areas of indeterminate function. back
monument FIELD * An area of land, often enclosed, used for cultivation or the grazing of livestock. 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
monument DRAINAGE DITCH * A long, narrow ditch designed to carry water away from a waterlogged area. back
monument FARM * A tract of land, often including a farmhouse and ancillary buildings, used for the purpose of cultivation and the rearing of livestock, etc. Use more specific type where known. back
monument EARTHWORK * A bank or mound of earth used as a rampart or fortification. back
monument CLEARANCE * An area of ground which has been cleared of plants and other obstruction. back

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