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CAT Report 1436: summary

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Archaeological monitoring at Five Oaks, Layer Breton, Essex, CO2 0PN: May 2019
by Dr Elliott Hicks
(with contributions from Chris Lister, Ben Holloway, Sarah Carter)

Date report completed: June 2019
Location: Five Oaks, Layer Breton, Essex, CO2 0PN
Map reference(s): TL 94573 18805
File size: kb
Project type: Monitoring
Significance of the results:

Summary. Archaeological monitoring was carried out at Five Oaks, Layer Breton, Essex during groundworks for a first-floor balcony across the rear elevation of the existing property. The site lies within a burial ground of the Congregation Chapel which was demolished in the 1920s. Immediately to the south is a cropmark complex thought to indicate the presence of prehistoric archaeological remains. It also sits in the midst of a number of findspots of Roman artefacts and building material which suggest the presence of Roman villa nearby, and near to areas of historic heathland and village greens. Despite being located in an archaeologically-sensitive area, however, no significant archaeological remains were encountered.