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TVAS Occasional Paper Series

TVAS publish a series of occasional papers detailing our archaeological findings on individual sites across the region. Below are details of the latest papers. Information on each occasional paper can be found on the right.

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Occasional Paper 10: Excavation of Medieval Occupation at Ropetackle, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex

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Archaeological excavation on High Street, Shoreham-on-Sea, West Sussex revealed new evidence for the development of the town. Apart from a few stray finds of prehistoric struck flints, the site and adjacent areas were first lightly used in late Iron Age and early Roman times. No further use is documented until the late 12th century, when the formation of New Shoreham is historically documented. The site is then well used during the 13th and 14th centuries for domestic occupation activities, perhaps as a part of a single, large landholding. In common with many other medieval settlements across England this use comes to an abrupt end in the late 14th century, an observation easier to make than explain, though epidemic disease, economic decline or, for a coastal town, naval warfare, may all have their part to play. Sustained reuse was not to take place until 19th-century terraced houses were built, followed by a cinema, car show room, and latterly, the residential accommodation which necessitated the excavations described below. This paper includes reports on modest but significant assemblages of pottery and animal bones (among other finds). The quantity of ship nails among the metal finds suggests ship- breaking was among the activities on the site or nearby.

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A4 soft cover, 26pp, illustrated throughout including 7 colour plates:
ISBN 978-1-911228-03-5. Price £5.00.

Occasional Paper 11: Medieval and Post-Medieval Occupation at 47 Endless Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire

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An archaeological excavation in central Salisbury revealed continuous occupation from the 13th century to modern times. Several standing walls were constructed from chalk blocks and formed a two-cell shaft-and-pit garderobe of High Medieval date. This was replaced by a later medieval well and truncated by a post-medieval boundary wall. The disuse fills of the garderobe, as well as clusters of intercutting cess or rubbish pits, of later medieval date, contained valuable information on the site's economy and the inhabitants' diet. A single sherd of late Bronze Age pottery recovered from a heavily truncated pit within a pit cluster may be indicative of limited prehistoric activity in the area. The site is considered to represent a single back-yard plot in the medieval period, sub-divided in post-medieval times. This Occasional Paper contains reports on locally significant stratified and well-dated assemblages of pottery, metallic finds, animal bones and plant remains which will form a baseline for future research into the medieval city, whose archaeology, has previously been surprisingly patchily documented.

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A4 soft cover, 22pp, illustrated throughout including 13 colour plates:
ISBN 978-1-911228-05-9. Price £5.00.

Occasional Paper 12: A Middle Bronze Age Pit Circle and Field System, and Roman Settlement at Hitches Lane, Fleet, Hampshire

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Archaeological excavations were carried out in advance of development in five areas. Of special interest was the prehistoric activity: a 42m diameter pit circle and land division of Middle Bronze Age date. Find were relatively few, but the chronology is supported by three radiocarbon dates. The largest of the areas also contained a substantial 2nd-century Roman rectangular timber-framed building set within a system of fields and passocks, which was remodelled around the middle of the 3rdcentury. A substantial furnace was located within this building, and a smaller one outside the structure. The building fell out of use in the early 4th century. A post0built curricular Roman building was also recorded , The final phase of activity an earlier system of land allotment than that depicted on the earliest Ordnance Survey maps of this area..

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A4 soft cover, 22pp, illustrated throughout including 13 colour plates
ISBN 978-0-9926330-8-0. Price £5.00.

Occasional Paper 13: The Archaeology of four Pipelines in Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Wiltshire

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This paper details the findings of recording actions undertaken during the stripping of four pipeline routes in Oxfordshire, West Berkshire and Wiltshire. Observations along a water pipeline route between Baydon Water Tower and Bailey Hill Reservoir on the Wiltshire/West Berkshire border recorded a Beaker-period pit; a possible Late Bronze Age enclosure; an undated lynchet possibly belonging to a ‘Celtic’ field pattern; part of the ‘Near Down ditch’ linear earthwork (also undated); and, most significantly, two overlapping Late Bronze Age post-built roundhouses. The second, located on the Kennet floodplain at Chamberhouse Farm, Crookham Common, Thatcham, recorded a complex series of palaeohydrological deposits on the floor of the Kennet Valley. These were overlain by a series of early Roman occupation deposits and, subsequently, medieval and post-medieval drainage ditches. Excavations on an easement in advance of pipe laying between Moulsford and Streatley on either side of the Oxfordshire/West Berkshire border revealed a Bronze Age ring ditch and two pit clusters of late Bronze Age date. Two possible boundary ditches of early Iron Age date were also found. The final site is located on the Kingston Stert to Chinnor pipeline in eastern Oxfordshire. Here segments of two occupation sites of early and middle Roman date have been identified along with areas containing organised landscape features (field boundaries) also of Roman date. Isolated features of Bronze Age were also noted with one Bronze Age pit possibly having been involved in pottery production.

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A4 soft cover, 22pp, illustrated throughout including 18 colour plates:
ISBN 978-1-911228-07-3. Price £5.00.

Occasional Paper 14: Two Roman Occupation Site near Swindon: Wanborough and Purton

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The two archaeological excavations presented in this volume, at Wanborough to the southeast of Swindon, and Purton to its west, primarily focus on Roman occupation and add to a growing picture of dense rural settlement in this area throughout the Roman period. At Stanley Close, Wanborough, the full extent of settlement was not exposed but the excavated area included enclosures defined by ditches and gullies, with pits and a possible drying oven. The deposits also include a decapitation burial, perhaps that of an old soldier. All seem to date to the middle to late part of the Roman period (later 2nd to 4th centuries AD). The economic evidence suggests a typical mixed agricultural settlement with the usual domesticated animals being raised and consumed on the site, but with an unexpectedly high incidence of horse. Charred plant remains were well represented, with wheat and some barley and oats, being grown and processed on the site.

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A4 soft cover, 22pp, illustrated throughout including 21 colour plates:
ISBN 978-1-911228-09-7. Price £5.00.

Occasional Papers

Occasional Paper 1: Medieval Occupation at RAF Quedgeley, Gloucestershire

Occasional Paper 2: Medieval Boundaries and an Early Post-Medieval Manor House at Beeches Manor, Reading Road, Wokingham, Berkshire

Occasional Paper 3: Middle Bronze Age and Middle Iron Age Occupation and Post-Medieval Limekilns at RAF Staff College, Broad Lane, Bracknell, Berkshire

Occasional Paper 4: Medieval Occupation in Marston, Oxford

Occasional Paper 5: Bronze Age and Middle Iron Age Occupation and Roman Fields at Lidsey Landfill, Woodgate, West Sussex

Occasional Paper 6: Medieval Haddenham, Buckinghamshire: Excavations at Townsend and Fort End, 2011 and 2013

Occasional Paper 7: Medieval Settlement at Oak Farm, Milcombe, Banbury, Oxfordshire: Excavation in 2012

Occasional Paper 8: Roman and Medieval Occupation at The Former Worcester City Football Club, St George's Lane, Worcester

Occasional Paper 9: Middle/Later Bronze Age Occupation at Manor Road, Burgess Hill, West Sussex

Occasional Paper 10: Excavation of Medieval Occupation at Ropetackle, Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex

Occasional Paper 11: Medieval and Post-Medieval Occupation at 47 Endless Street, Salisbury, Wiltshire

Occasional Paper 12: A Middle Bronze Age Pit Circle and Field System, and Roman Settlement at Hitches Lane, Fleet, Hampshire

Occasional Paper 13 : The Archaeology of four Pipelines in Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Wiltshire

Occasional Paper 14 : Two Roman Occupation Site near Swindon: Wanborough and Purton