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CAT Report 1082: summary

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Archaeological evaluation on Phase 2 land at Fiveways Fruit Farm, Dyer's Road, Stanway, Essex, CO3 0QR: November 2016
by Laura Pooley
(with contributions from Stephen Benfield, Adam Wightman, Lisa Gray, Sarah Carter, Emma Holloway, Chris Lister)

Date report completed: May 2017
Location: Fiveways Fruit Farm, Dyer's Road, Stanway, Essex, CO3 0QR
Map reference(s): TL 9531 2234
File size: kb
Project type: Evaluation
Significance of the results:

Summary. An archaeological evaluation (53 trial-trenches) was carried out on Phase 2 land at Fiveways Fruit Farm, Stanway, Essex during pre-application investigative work. The site is located close to Gosbecks archaeological park and the nationally important Stanway elite burial site, and immediately to the north of two Middle Iron Age enclosures excavated at the Fruit Farm in 2015. This evaluation revealed a scatter of archaeological remains. Small, abraded sherds of Middle Iron Age pottery were recovered from four pits with Roman finds recovered from an erosion hollow and pit/ditch, and from later dated features. A medieval pit contained evidence of iron working in the centre of the site, with a small number of medieval ditches and pits in the southeast corner. Three modern field boundary ditches and the large number of undated irregular linears/agricultural features, tree-throws and pits are probably all associated with the business of the fruit farm.