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Saxon and Medieval Settlement on the Northern Edge of Wimborne Minster, Dorset

Orczewski, P; Andrews, P; Harding, P; Higbee, L; López-Dóriga, I; Mepham, L; Quinn, PS; (2018) Saxon and Medieval Settlement on the Northern Edge of Wimborne Minster, Dorset. Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History & Archaeological Society , 139 pp. 161-162. Green open access

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Abstract

An excavation on the northern edge of Wimborne Minster revealed elements of a middle to late Saxon and medieval rural settlement fronting onto the west side of the road that leads north out of the town. The Saxon phase comprised a number of rectangular enclosures flanking the road, within and to the west of which were numerous pits and postholes as well as a number of features probably related to industrial activity, including iron smelting. Although no clear structures were identified, the material recovered from the features include Saxon pottery, animal bone, and charred crop remains indicative of settlement within a mixed agricultural economy. Radiocarbon dating of cereal grain from four features gave date ranges in the early/middle and middle/late Saxon periods. The enclosures were subsequently extended during the late Saxon/medieval period, with pottery indicating occupation possibly continuing into the 13th–14th centuries. The site also produced very limited evidence of prehistoric and Romano-British activity.

Type: Article
Title: Saxon and Medieval Settlement on the Northern Edge of Wimborne Minster, Dorset
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.palmyra.me.uk/DNHAS/c139.html
Language: English
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10089708
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