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TVAS News: Ring ditches and windmills at
Dukes Meadow Drive, Banbury

Archaeologists from Thames Valley Archaeological Services carried out three phases of work in advance of development at Dukes Meadow Drive, Banbury for Amber Developments Ltd. The first phase was comprised of a geophysical (magnetic) survey which revealed the presence of three possible ring ditches in the central area of the development. The second phase of machine dug trenches on the site confirm the presence of these features whilst producing a small amount of datable material from two of the ditches. A final phase, consisting of an excavation targeting the known archaeological features, revealed the full extent of one prehistoric ring ditch along with associated linear features and postholes, the partial remains of a much smaller ring ditch and the remains of a post-medieval windmill.

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The processed magnetometer survey data showing positive anomalies representing furrows, ditches and the ring ditches. Interpretation of the geophysics results. The ring ditches are located at 7 and 8 while 10 is the windmill base.

Plan of the excavated features. View of the larger ring ditch after excavation.

View across the larger ring ditch towards the windmill base.