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Iron Age and Romano-British Settlement at Bowdens Lane Quarry, Huish Episcopi.

John Davey, November 2012
Evidence for a previously unknown Iron Age and Early Romano-British settlement has been uncovered during archaeological investigations on the site of Bowdens Lane Quarry near Langport, Somerset. Iron Age pits revealed during an earlier watching brief in 2005 have been supplemented by further pits, post holes, hearths, land division, at least one roundhouse and other structures during subsequent work in 2011-12. Evidence for Romano-British structures and land division was also revealed in the eastern part of the site during 2012. Limited excavation was also undertaken by Thames Valley Archaeology on the western part of the site during 2012. The site location is on a prominent ridge overlooking the confluence of the Rivers Yeo and Parret, surrounded on three sides by steep natural slopes. It is also inter visible with both Ham Hill and Dundon Hill, although there is no evidence that the settlement was ever enclosed or defended by artificial means.

Plan of topsoil strip areas

Figure 14: Areas A, B and C. All archaeological features colour coded by fill type

Photograph 1

Area C Roundhouse. Looking East.

Photograph 1: Middle –Late Iron Age Pin Beater from context (305) Area E (North)

Figure 26: Area F. Plan of all archaeological features

Photograph 33: Structure F5, looking east. (Area F)

Figure 32: East facing (top) and west facing (bottom) sections of ditches [2002] and [2004] and post hole [2008]. (Area G)

Photograph 35: west facing section of ditches [2002], [2004] and post hole [2008]. Looking east (Area G)