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Title: An Iron-Age Settlement and Remains of Earlier Prehistoric Date beneath South Shields Roman Fort, Tyne and Wear.
Authors: Hodgson, N.
Stobbs, G.C.
Van der Veen, Marijke
Croom, A.T.
Waddington, C.
First Published: 2001
Publisher: Royal Archaeological Institute
Citation: The Archaeological Journal, 2001, 158, pp. 62-160.
Abstract: Excavation of an area of over 750 sq.m. during 1992-94 and 1999 revealed a multi-period prehistoric site preserved beneath the Roman fort. Flints attested mesolithic activity. In the early Neolithic a segmented ditch may represent part of a causewayed enclosure. By c. 3000 cal. B.C. this had been superseded (in this area) by pits and shelters associated with flint-knapping. Finds, but not structures, attest a bronze-age presence. Within the period 390-170 cal. B.C. a roundhouse with cultivation plot, part of an unenclosed settlement, occupied the area. This had been burnt and was rich in carbonised plant remains which provided information about the arable economy and spatial variations in the use of the roundhouse interior. In the later Iron Age the area was reclained by cultivation associated with an unlocated settlement. The nature of the occupation on the eve of the Roman period is not known.
ISSN: 0066-5983
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer reviewed
Type: Article
Rights: © 2001 The Royal Archaeological Institute.
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Appears in Collections:Published Articles, School of Archaeology and Ancient History

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