Information for record number MWA7926:
Iron Age Features at 2/3 Charlecote Rd, Wellesbourne

Summary Two ditches and a fragment of pottery, dating to the Iron Age, were discovered during an excavation. Two post holes were found which may also date to the Iron Age. The ditches may represent a boundary feature. The site is located 200m north of Wellesbourne church.
What Is It?  
Type: Ditch, Post Hole
Period: Iron Age (800 BC - 42 AD)
Where Is It?  
Parish: Wellesbourne
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 Archaeological evaluation undertaken by Warwickshire Museum. Excavation of trench 5 revealed a steep-sided, V-shaped ditch, about 7m deep, aligned roughly E-W. The ditch had also been re-cut on its northern side by another ditch of similar shape, dimensions and alignment. A sherd of Iron Age pottery was recovered from its fill. Into its NE slope were cut at least two stake/post holes which appeared to be associated features. Also possibly associated was a shallow gully running roughly parallel to, and 2m N of, the main ditch. It is possible that it delineated the inner edge of a bank created by the Excavation of the ditch. The ditch itself would appear to be a large boundary feature, either for the demarcation of fields, territory, or even a settlement.

Source No: 1
Source Type: Evaluation Report
Title: Archaeological Evaluation at 2 and 3 Charlecote Road, Wellesbourne, Warwickshire
Author/originator: Jones C
Date: 1997
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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 SETTLEMENT * A small concentration of dwellings. back
monument BOUNDARY * The limit to an area as defined on a map or by a marker of some form, eg. BOUNDARY WALL. Use specific type where known. back
monument FEATURE * Areas of indeterminate function. back
monument GULLY * A deep gutter, drain or sink. 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 FIELD * An area of land, often enclosed, used for cultivation or the grazing of livestock. back
monument MUSEUM * A building, group of buildings or space within a building, where objects of value such as works of art, antiquities, scientific specimens, or other artefacts are housed and displayed. 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 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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