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Malborough Road, Aldbourne

Malborough Road, Aldbourne

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Wessex Archaeology was appointed by Infinity Homes Ltd to carry out an archaeological watching brief during demolition and construction groundwork for a residential development at the former Thames Valley Foods site, Marlborough Road, Aldbourne, Wiltshire, centred on National Grid Reference 426260 175308 (referred to hereafter as the Site). These works were required in respect of a planning application (application ref: K/52276/F).
Wiltshire County Council had highlighted the potential for the survival of human remains following a previous discovery, during the construction of an extension to the existing factory, of a series of inhumation burials. A Civil War context was intimated due to the proximity of the Site to skirmishes of that time and the well-preserved state of the skeletal remains.
During the watching brief evidence of extensive modern truncation was observed, especially on the lower slope of the development area from service trenches associated with the construction of the factory in the 1960s. The groundworks were monitored on the upper south-east part of the Site and subsequently human remains were discovered. The burials revealed comprised a number of disturbed inhumation graves dated to the Saxon period by an iron knife found with the disarticulated skeletal remains.
Wessex Archaeology was appointed by Infinity Homes Ltd to carry out an archaeological watching brief during demolition and construction groundwork for a residential development at the former Thames Valley Foods site, Marlborough Road, Aldbourne, Wiltshire, centred on National Grid Reference 426260 175308 (referred to hereafter as the Site). These works were required in respect of a planning application (application ref: K/52276/F).
Wiltshire County Council had highlighted the potential for the survival of human remains following a previous discovery, during the construction of an extension to the existing factory, of a series of inhumation burials. A Civil War context was intimated due to the proximity of the Site to skirmishes of that time and the well-preserved state of the skeletal remains.
During the watching brief evidence of extensive modern truncation was observed, especially on the lower slope of the development area from service trenches associated with the construction of the factory in the 1960s. The groundworks were monitored on the upper south-east part of the Site and subsequently human remains were discovered. The burials revealed comprised a number of disturbed inhumation graves dated to the Saxon period by an iron knife found with the disarticulated skeletal remains.

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Wessex Archaeology 
Former Thames Valley Food Site,Marlborough Road, Aldbourne,Wiltshire
Post-excavation Assessment ReportRef: 65081.01April 2008
 
FORMER THAMES VALLEY FOOD SITE, MARLBOROUGH ROAD,ALDBOURNE, WILTSHIREPOST-EXCAVATION ASSESSMENT REPORT
Prepared on behalf of 
Infinity HomesCalpe House7 St Thomas StreetWinchester HampshireSO23 9HE
by
Wessex ArchaeologyPortway HouseOld Sarum ParkSALISBURYSP4 6EB
Report reference: 65081.01
April 2008
Wessex Archaeology Limited 2008 Wessex Archaeology Limited is a Registered Charity No. 287786 
 
FORMER THAMES VALLEY FOOD SITE, MARLBOROUGH ROAD,ALDBOURNE, WILTSHIREPOST-EXCAVATION ASSESSMENT REPORTContentsSummaryAcknowledgements1INTRODUCTION......................................................................................11.1Project Background.......................................................................11.2The Site...........................................................................................11.3Archaeologicalbackground..........................................................22METHODOLOGY.....................................................................................22.1Introduction....................................................................................22.2Watching Brief................................................................................22.3Excavation......................................................................................33AIMS AND OBJECTIVES........................................................................53.1Watching Brief................................................................................53.2Excavation......................................................................................54RESULTS.................................................................................................54.1Introduction....................................................................................54.2Watching Brief................................................................................64.3Areas 1 and 2..................................................................................64.4ArchaeologicalSequence.............................................................65FINDS.......................................................................................................95.1Introduction....................................................................................95.2Grave Goods..................................................................................95.3Other Finds...................................................................................106HUMAN BONE.......................................................................................116.1Introduction..................................................................................116.2Methods........................................................................................116.3Results..........................................................................................127STATEMENT OF POTENTIAL AND RECOMMENDATIONS...............137.1Cemetery.......................................................................................137.2Finds.............................................................................................138RESEARCH AIMS AND OBJECTIVES.................................................158.1Introduction..................................................................................159METHOD STATEMENT.........................................................................169.1General..........................................................................................169.2Artefactual Analysis (other than human bone)..........................179.3Human Bone.................................................................................1710PUBLICATIONPROPOSAL..................................................................1811RESOURCES AND PROGRAMME.......................................................1811.1Management Structure................................................................1811.2Programme...................................................................................1912STORAGE AND CURATION.................................................................1912.2Museum........................................................................................1912.3Conservation................................................................................19

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