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CAT Report 1310: summary

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Archaeological evaluation at Wallbury Lodge, Dell Lane, Little Hallingbury, Essex, CM22 7SQ: August 2018
by Laura Pooley
(with contributions from Howard Brooks, Lisa Gray, Alec Wade, Sarah Carter, Chris Lister)

Date report completed: September 2018
Location: Wallbury Lodge, Dell Lane, Little Hallingbury, Essex, CM22 7SQ
Map reference(s): TL 49184 17999
File size: kb
Project type: Evaluation
Significance of the results:

Summary. An archaeological evaluation (one trial-trench) was carried out at Wallbury Lodge, Dell Lane, Little Hallingbury, Essex, in advance of the construction of a new driveway. The development site is located within the scheduled monument of Wallbury Camp (SM 1002190), an Iron Age oppidum (hillfort). Evaluation revealed a small number of residual worked flints indicative of prehistoric activity in the area in the Mesolithic or Early Neolithic, and Bronze Age or Iron Age. A possible Late Iron Age ditch may be associated with the hillfort of Wallbury Camp, and finds were identified indicative of continued activity into the Roman period. Eleven medieval features show extensive use of the site in the 12th to 13th centuries possibly associated with agriculture or horticulture. Domestic evidence recovered from these contexts suggests a medieval settlement or farmstead is located nearby.