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TVAS News: Streatley-Moulsford pipeline pits radiocarbon dated to the Bronze Age

Last November we reported on the work of TVAS archaeologists excavating a ring ditch and pits during the construction of a pipeline between Streatley and Moulsford on the Berkshire Downs (see Streatley-Moulsford pipeline ring ditch and Bronze Age pits). The ring ditch was dated to the Bronze Age by Early and Middle/Late Bronze Age pottery that was found in the ditch fill and the pit clusters were thought to date to a similar period, again due to the presence of Late Bronze Age pottery in the fills. Charcoal and bone samples from the pit fills were submitted for radiocarbon dating. These gave calibrated ages of 980-832 BC and 919-799 BC respectively suggesting that, due to the clustering of the pits and the finds of pottery, animal bone, quernstone and a few charred cereal seeds, the area was the site of a Late Bronze Age settlement.

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Plan of the area of the pit clusters. Excavated cross section of one of the pits.