Early Neolithic, Iron Age and Roman settlement at Monksmoor Farm, Daventry, Northamptonshire [Paperback]

Tracy Preece(Author)

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ISBN: 9781789692105 | Published by: Archaeopress Archaeology | Year of Publication: 2019 | 94p, H11.5 x W8, 53 figures, 27 tables (36 plates presented in full color)
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Early Neolithic, Iron Age and Roman settlement at Monksmoor Farm, Daventry, Northamptonshire

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Includes contributions from Rob Atkins, Andy Chapman, Mary Ellen Crothers, Val Fryer, Rebecca Gordon, Tora Hylton, Rob Perrin and Yvonne Wolframm-Murray; illustrations by Olly Dindol and Rob Reed. MOLA (Museum of London Archaeology) has undertaken archaeological work at Monksmoor Farm on the north-eastern edge of Daventry in six different areas. The earliest archaeological features lay in Area 6 at the southern end of the development area, where two pits were radiocarbon dated to the early Neolithic. They contained a moderate assemblage of worked flints along with sherds of early Neolithic pottery. In the middle Iron Age a settlement was established in the same location comprising a roundhouse and several enclosures. Two other contemporary settlements are thought to have originated in the late Iron Age/ early 1st century BC and were identified in Areas 1 and 2 between c0.2km and 0.5km apart and 500m to the north of Area 6. Area 1 contained evidence for a cluster of eight roundhouses with associated enclosures clearly showing sequential activity, while in Area 2, a large ditched enclosure defined as a Wootton Hill type, within which another roundhouse was present. It is possible that the Wootton Hill type enclosure in particular may have a slighter earlier origin than the limited pottery assemblage suggests. Sparse early Roman features were also found in Areas 3, 4 and 5. This settlement continued in use through the later 1st to 2nd century AD. During the early Roman period the settlement in Area 6 was greatly expanded with large rectilinear ditched enclosures along with smaller enclosures and paddocks being established on either side of a routeway indicating movement of livestock was important.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction

Chapter 2 The archaeological evidence

Chapter 3 Finds

Chapter 4 The faunal and environmental evidence

Chapter 5 Discussion

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