Information for record number MWA13081:
Late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age pit at Birch Coppice Phase II, Lower House Farm

Summary A pit was found during an archaeological evaluation at Birch Coppice. Sherds of pottery probably from a Beaker vessel were recovered from it.
What Is It?  
Type: Pit
Period: Late Neolithic - Early Bronze Age (3000 BC - 1601 BC)
Where Is It?  
Parish: Baddesley Ensor
District: North Warwickshire, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 26 99
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Level of Protection Local

Source Number  

1A late Neolithic/early Bronze Age pit, with an undercutting profile was uncovered during an evaluation in 2010. The pit measured 0.82 m in diameter and had a depth of 0.52m. The pit was half-sectioned, revealing two distinct fills. The basal fill contained quantities of charcoal and burnt sandstone. The natural sandstone in the base of the pit also appeared burnt, perhaps indicative of the pit being used for cooking. The upper fill contained charcoal flecks, and a flint plano-convex knife. Both fills contained pottery.

Source No: 1
Source Type: Evaluation Report
Title: Trial Trench Evaluation at Birch Coppice Phase II, Warwickshire
Author/originator: Thacker G
Date: 2010
Page Number:
Volume/Sheet: 4783
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Word or Phrase
technique Trial Trench A small regular hole that is usually square or rectangular in shape. Archaeologists dig trial trenches to discover if there are any archaeological remains at a particular location. See also excavation. back
period Neolithic About 4000 BC to 2351 BC

The word ‘Neolithic’ means ‘New Stone Age’. Archaeologists split up the Neolithic period into three phases; early, middle and late. The Neolithic period comes after the Mesolithic period and before the Bronze Age.

People in the Neolithic period hunted and gathered food as their ancestors had but they were also began to farm. They kept animals and grew crops. This meant that they were able to settle more permanently in one location instead of constantly moving from place to place to look for food.
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period Bronze Age About 2500 BC to 700 BC

The Bronze Age comes after the Neolithic period and before the Iron Age.

The day to day life of people in the Bronze Age probably changed little from how their ancestors had lived during the Neolithic period. They still lived in farmsteads, growing crops and rearing animals.

During the Bronze Age people discovered how to use bronze, an alloy of tin and copper (hence the name that has given to this era). They used it to make their tools and other objects, although they continued to use flint and a range of organic materials as well. A range of bronze axes, palstaves and spears has been found in Warwickshire.
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monument PIT * A hole or cavity in the ground, either natural or the result of excavation. Use more specific type where known. back
monument COPPICE * A managed small wood or thicket of underwood grown to be periodically cut to encourage new growth providing smaller timber. back

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