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CAT Report 724: summary

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An archaeological evaluation by trial-trenching at Barnetson Court, 1 Braintree Road, Great Dunmow, Essex - September 2013
by Adam Wightman
(with contributions from Stephen Benfield)

Date report completed: October 2013
Location: Barnetson Court, 1 Braintree Road, Great Dunmow, Essex
Map reference(s): TL 6301 2175
File size: 4,383 kb
Project type: Archaeological evaluation by trial-trenching
Significance of the results: *
Keywords: Roman, pottery, ?Roman, gully, medieval, pottery

Summary. Six trial-trenches were excavated by the Colchester Archaeological Trust in grassed areas around the former care home Barnetson Court in Great Dunmow, Essex. Deep deposits of modern made-ground were identified in five of the trenches. The site is located on the side of a hill and the modern make-up identified in the trial-trenches had been used to level the site prior to the construction of the care home. A trench located near the eastern boundary of the site identified a small area of open ground which had remained largely undisturbed by the construction of Barnetson Court. Residual Roman pottery was recovered from a buried topsoil layer and from two post-medieval/ modern linear features in this trench. In a trench to the east of the care home, a sherd of medieval pottery was recovered from the buried topsoil and a possible Roman gully was identified at a depth of 1.1m below modern ground-level.