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CAT Report 890: summary

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Archaeological evaluation by trial-trenching on land adjacent to 32 Albert Road, Witham, Essex, CM8 2BS: November 2015
by Laura Pooley
(with contributions from Stephen Benfield)

Date report completed: November 2015
Location: land adjacent to 32 Albert Road, Witham, Essex, CM8 2BS
Map reference(s): TL 82036 15387 (c)
File size: 4,006 kb
Project type: Archaeological evaluation by trial-trenching
Significance of the results: *
Keywords: Iron Age, hillfort, Chipping Hill

Summary. An archaeological evaluation by trial-trenching was carried out in advance of the construction of a single dwelling with associated landscaping and access on land adjacent to 32 Albert Road, Witham. It lies within the historic site known as Chipping Hill Camp, an Iron Age hillfort which was re-fortified in the Anglo-Saxon period with evidence of continuous occupation. Five Iron Age features were excavated (four pits and a post-hole). Located on the projected outer edge of the Chipping Hill earthwork, they are likely to be associated with small-scale domestic/settlement activity taking place on the periphery of the hillfort. A single medieval/post-medieval roadside ditch was also recorded running parallel to Albert Road.