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CAT Report 1896: summary

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Archaeological evaluation on land Moorlands Farm, Michael Wright Way, Great Bentley, Essex, C07 8RS: December 2022
by Sarah Veasey
(with contributions from Dr Matthew Loughton, Laura Pooley, Alec Wade, Adam Wightman and Bronagh Quinn)

Date report completed: December 2022
Location: Moorlands Farm, Michael Wright Way, Great Bentley, Essex, C07 8RS
Map reference(s): TM 11589 22056
File size: 7184 kb
Project type: Evaluation
Significance of the results:

Summary. An archaeological evaluation (eleven trial-trenches) was carried out on land at Moorlands Farm, Michael Wright Way, Great Bentley, Essex in advance of the construction of 26 new dwellings.

The site is located within the proximity of several previous archaeological investigations, including a large excavation that uncovered evidence of a Late Iron Age/early Roman settlement. A total of 30 features were uncovered: 12 ditches, three pits, five post-holes, three gullies, a tree-throw, a modern service trench and five natural features. Although only nine features produced any dating evidence, most of which was medieval/post-medieval in date, a possible medieval field system was identified.