IGas have today copied a report that details the Archaeological Watching Brief as required to meet compliance with Tinker Lane Planning Condition 31 as imposed by NCC. The objective being to identify, investigate, understand, record, and report the extent, nature and significance of any surviving archaeological remains within the excavated area.
The report, which is comprehensive, can be found here.
The report concludes: The work successfully identified two ditches and a gully that formed part of a probable Roman ‘Brickwork- Plan’ field system. It has not been possible to accurately date the fills of the features. The lack of artefacts supports the impression from the wider cropmark evidence that there was no contemporary occupation nearby. The lack of pottery in the topsoil and features and the exposed nature of the site suggest the fields were not manured and may have been used for pasture, possibly for sheep.
Four horse teeth were found, apparently originating from the same animal but of indeterminate age.