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Knave Hill, Stonton Wyville, Leicestershire

Knave Hill, Stonton Wyville, Leicestershire

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In July 2007 an archaeological evaluation was undertaken by Channel 4’s ‘Time Team’ at the site of Knave Hill, Stonton Wyville, Leicestershire (NGR 474190 293356), to investigate the existence of a possible Anglo-Saxon settlement site. This area had been previously identified by a systematic fieldwalking survey which recovered the largest concentration of Anglo-Saxon pottery identified by field walking in Leicestershire to date.
Geophysical survey and excavation identified a large ‘D’-shaped enclosure, which proved on excavation to date to the Late Iron Age to Romano-British period. Another possible enclosure was identified lying 120m to the east. In addition, excavation revealed two possible Anglo-Saxon post-built structures, suggesting that the Saxon settlement focus lies to the north-west of the ‘D’-shaped enclosure. This activity was not visible to the geophysical survey.
In July 2007 an archaeological evaluation was undertaken by Channel 4’s ‘Time Team’ at the site of Knave Hill, Stonton Wyville, Leicestershire (NGR 474190 293356), to investigate the existence of a possible Anglo-Saxon settlement site. This area had been previously identified by a systematic fieldwalking survey which recovered the largest concentration of Anglo-Saxon pottery identified by field walking in Leicestershire to date.
Geophysical survey and excavation identified a large ‘D’-shaped enclosure, which proved on excavation to date to the Late Iron Age to Romano-British period. Another possible enclosure was identified lying 120m to the east. In addition, excavation revealed two possible Anglo-Saxon post-built structures, suggesting that the Saxon settlement focus lies to the north-west of the ‘D’-shaped enclosure. This activity was not visible to the geophysical survey.

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06/16/2009

 
Wessex Archaeology 
June 2008 Ref: 65309
Knave Hill, Stonton WyvilleLeicestershire
 Archaeological Evaluation and Assessment of Results
 
Knave Hill, Stonton Wyville, Leicestershire
Archaeological Evaluation and Assessment of Results
Prepared on behalf of:
Videotext Communications Ltd49 Goldhawk RoadLONDONSW1 8QP
By:
Wessex ArchaeologyPortway HouseOld Sarum Park SALISBURYWiltshireSP4 6EB
Report reference: 65309.01
May 2008
© Wessex Archaeology Limited 2008, all rights reserved Wessex Archaeology Limited is a Registered Charity No. 287786 
 
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Knave Hill, Stonton Wyville, Leicestershire
Archaeological Evaluation and Assessment of Results
Contents
SummaryAcknowledgements
1BACKGROUND..................................................................................................11.1Introduction................................................................................................11.2Site Location, Topography and Geology..................................................11.3Archaeological Background......................................................................11.4Previous Archaeological Work.................................................................22AIMS AND OBJECTIVES.................................................................................33METHODS...........................................................................................................33.1Geophysical Survey....................................................................................33.2Landscape and Earthwork Survey...........................................................33.3Evaluation Trenches..................................................................................34RESULTS.............................................................................................................44.1Introduction................................................................................................44.2Geophysical Survey....................................................................................44.3Evaluation Trenches..................................................................................5
 Introduction..................................................................................................5Trench 1 ( 
Figures 3-5
 )................................................................................Trench 2 ( 
Figure 6 
 ).....................................................................................Trench 3 ( 
Figure 7 
 ).....................................................................................Trench 4 ( 
Figure 8
 ).....................................................................................
5FINDS...................................................................................................................85.1Introduction................................................................................................85.2Pottery.........................................................................................................95.3Fired Clay.................................................................................................105.4Flint...........................................................................................................105.5Coins..........................................................................................................105.6Metalwork.................................................................................................115.7Animal Bone.............................................................................................115.8Other Finds...............................................................................................126PALAEO-ENVIRONMENTAL EVIDENCE.................................................126.1Introduction..............................................................................................126.2Charred Plant Remains...........................................................................136.3Wood Charcoal.........................................................................................146.4Land Molluscs..........................................................................................146.5Potential....................................................................................................147DISCUSSION.....................................................................................................147.1Area 1........................................................................................................147.2Area 2........................................................................................................157.3Conclusions...............................................................................................158RECOMMENDATIONS..................................................................................15

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