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CAT Report 1061: summary

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Archaeological evaluation on land east of Malone Cottage, Maypole Road, Wickham Bishops, Essex, CM8 3NW: January 2017
by Laura Pooley
(with contributions from Ben Holloway, Emma Holloway)

Date report completed: February 2017, revised April 2017
Location: Land east of Malone Cottage, Maypole Road, Wickham Bishops, Essex, CM8 3NW
Map reference(s): TL 8376 1209
File size: kb
Project type: Evaluation
Significance of the results:

Summary. An archaeological evaluation (fourteen trial-trenches) was carried out on land east Malone Cottage, Maypole Road, Wickham Bishops, Essex in advance of the construction of fourteen new dwellings. The development is located within what was Tiptree Heath, a historically important area of pasture and open woodland until the early 19th century. The earliest feature excavated was a later prehistoric pit. A large post-medieval/modern boundary ditch was probably associated with the enclosure of Tiptree Heath and a post-medieval pit contained large quantities of vitrified brick. The remaining undated pits, postholes and gullies were probably of an agricultural/ horticultural nature.