Information for record number MWA13083:
Undated features at Birch Coppice, Lower House Farm

Summary A number of cut features were identified during an evaluation. No dating evidence was obtained from them. The surrounding area had evidence for Neolithic to post-medieval activity.
What Is It?  
Type: Pit, Post Hole, Ditch, Fire Pit, Culvert
Period: Unknown
Where Is It?  
Parish: Baddesley Clinton
District: Warwick, Warwickshire
Grid Reference: SP 26 99
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Level of Protection Local

Source Number  

1 A pit was found in trench 95, there was evidence for burning but no dating material. Two shallow post holes were found in trenches 4 and 124, again undated. A curving ditch in trench 35 revealed no dating evidence and a NW-SE orientated ditch in trench 2 was also undated.
2 During a second phase of investigations aun undated fire pit and culvert were identified. They were also undated.

Source No: 2
Source Type: Evaluation Report
Title: Trial Trench Evaluation at Lower House Farm, Birch Coppice Phase II, Warwickshire
Author/originator: Thacker G
Date: 2011
Page Number:
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 Medieval 1066 AD to 1539 AD (the 11th century AD to the 16th century AD)

The medieval period comes after the Saxon period and before the post medieval period.

The Medieval period begins in 1066 AD.
This was the year that the Normans, led by William the Conqueror (1066 – 1087), invaded England and defeated Harold Godwinson at the Battle of Hastings in East Sussex.
The Medieval period includes the first half of the Tudor period (1485 – 1603 AD), when the Tudor family reigned in England and eventually in Scotland too.

The end of the Medieval period is marked by Henry VIII’s (1509 – 1547) order for the Dissolution of the Monasteries in the years running up to 1539 AD. The whole of this period is sometimes called the Middle Ages.
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monument HOUSE * A building for human habitation, especially a dwelling place. Use more specific type where known. back
monument CULVERT * A drainage structure that extends across and beneath roadways, canals or embankments. back
monument FEATURE * Areas of indeterminate function. back
monument FIRE PIT * A pit dug into the ground or a simple construction made of stone, brick or metal. Designed to contain a fire and prevent it from spreading, but can also be used to heat stone for breaking. back
monument PIT * A hole or cavity in the ground, either natural or the result of excavation. Use more 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
monument COPPICE * A managed small wood or thicket of underwood grown to be periodically cut to encourage new growth providing smaller timber. 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 POST HOLE * A hole dug to provide a firm base for an upright post, often with stone packing. Use broader monument type where known. back

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