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Harold's House, Portskewett, Monmouthshire

Harold's House, Portskewett, Monmouthshire

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In March 2007, an archaeological evaluation was undertaken by Channel 4’s ‘Time Team’ at the site of ‘Harold’s House’, Portskewett, Monmouthshire, South Wales (NGR 349800 188100; SAM No. MM029), to investigate a series of upstanding earthworks traditionally believed to be the site of a hunting lodge belonging to Harold Godwinson, later King Harold II of England.
The aim of the evaluation had been to investigate the nature of the earthworks and ascertain whether any remains of the putative hunting lodge remained, or whether the remains belonged to a later medieval manorial complex. The project was also designed to investigate the nature of a now infilled tidal inlet which flowed to the west of the Site, and also a dam or causeway which sealed off the northern end of the inlet. The evaluation comprised the excavation of six trial trenches, combined with geophysical survey, landscape survey and geoarchaeological (auger) survey.
In March 2007, an archaeological evaluation was undertaken by Channel 4’s ‘Time Team’ at the site of ‘Harold’s House’, Portskewett, Monmouthshire, South Wales (NGR 349800 188100; SAM No. MM029), to investigate a series of upstanding earthworks traditionally believed to be the site of a hunting lodge belonging to Harold Godwinson, later King Harold II of England.
The aim of the evaluation had been to investigate the nature of the earthworks and ascertain whether any remains of the putative hunting lodge remained, or whether the remains belonged to a later medieval manorial complex. The project was also designed to investigate the nature of a now infilled tidal inlet which flowed to the west of the Site, and also a dam or causeway which sealed off the northern end of the inlet. The evaluation comprised the excavation of six trial trenches, combined with geophysical survey, landscape survey and geoarchaeological (auger) survey.

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05/10/2014

 
Wessex Archaeology 
Harold’s House, Portskewett,Monmouthshire, South Wales
 Archaeological Evaluation and Assessment of Results
Ref: 65301.01June 2007 
 
Harold’s House, Portskewett, Monmouthshire, South Wales
Archaeological Evaluation and Assessment of Results
Prepared on behalf of 
Videotext Communications Ltd49 Goldhawk RoadLONDONW12 8QP
By
Wessex ArchaeologyPortway HouseOld Sarum Park SALISBURYWiltshireSP4 6EBReport reference: 65301.01June 2007
© Wessex Archaeology Limited 2007, all rights reserved Wessex Archaeology Limited is a Registered Charity No. 287786 
 
Harold’s House, Portskewett, Monmouthshire, South Wales
Archaeological Evaluation and Assessment of Results
Contents
SummaryAcknowledgements
1BACKGROUND..................................................................................................11.1Introduction................................................................................................11.2Site Location, Topography and Geology..................................................11.3Archaeological Background......................................................................2
 Neolithic and Bronze Age............................................................................2 Iron Age........................................................................................................2 Romano-British............................................................................................2 Early Medieval.............................................................................................3Medieval.......................................................................................................4
1.4Previous Archaeological Work.................................................................42AIMS AND OBJECTIVES.................................................................................43METHODS...........................................................................................................53.1Landscape and Earthwork Survey...........................................................53.2Geophysical Survey....................................................................................53.3Geoarchaeological Survey.........................................................................53.4Evaluation Trenches..................................................................................54RESULTS.............................................................................................................64.1Introduction................................................................................................64.2Landscape and Earthwork Survey...........................................................64.3Geophysical Survey....................................................................................84.4Geoarchaeological Survey.........................................................................94.5Evaluation Trenches................................................................................12
Trench 1.....................................................................................................12Trench 2.....................................................................................................15Trench 3.....................................................................................................16 Trench 4.....................................................................................................17 Trench 5.....................................................................................................17 Trench 6.....................................................................................................17 
5FINDS.................................................................................................................185.1Introduction..............................................................................................185.2Pottery.......................................................................................................185.3Ceramic and Stone Building Material and Mortar..............................205.4Slag............................................................................................................225.5Metalwork.................................................................................................225.6Animal Bone.............................................................................................235.7Other Finds...............................................................................................245.8Potential and further recommendations................................................246ENVIRONMENTAL RESULTS.....................................................................256.1Introduction..............................................................................................25
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