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CHER Number:CB15553
Type of record:Monument
Name:Neolithic/Bronze Age activity, Trinity and Runciman lands, West Fen Road, Ely

Summary

Excavations revealed evidence for activity in this area in the Neolithic and Bronze Age. The Neolithic was only represented by a spread of burnt material associated with a tree throw. Sporadic activity in the late Bronze Age was associated with a small pond.

Grid Reference:TL 527 802
Parish:Ely, East Cambridgeshire, Cambridgeshire

Monument Type(s):

  • DITCH (Late Bronze Age to Early Iron Age - 1000 BC to 401 BC?)
  • POND (Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC to 701 BC)
  • FEATURE (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2201 BC)
  • WELL? (Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC to 701 BC)
  • PIT (Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC to 701 BC)

Associated Finds:

  • BURNT FLINT (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2201 BC)
  • LITHIC IMPLEMENT (Late Prehistoric - 4000 BC to 42 AD)
  • SHERD (Single occurrence) (Early Bronze Age - 2500 BC to 1501 BC)
  • BURNT FLINT (Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC to 701 BC)
  • HUMAN REMAINS (Single occurrence) (Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC to 701 BC)
  • SHERD (Late Bronze Age - 1000 BC to 701 BC)

Associated Events:

  • Excavations at West Fen and St John's Roads, Ely - The Trinity and Runciman lands, 2000-2001
  • Evaluation at Trinity, Carter and Runciman Lands, West Fen Road, Ely, 1999

Full description

1. Trench based evaluation found evidence dating to the LBA, LIA and Early Roman periods. A silted-up natural hollow with a possible well cut into the base, containing waterlogged BA deposits, and associated with pits backfilled with burnt flint, was the focus of the earlier occupation.

2. Excavations in advance of housing development on the western edge of the city of Ely revealed archaeological evidence from the Neo, Late Bronze Age, Middle to Late Iron Age and Early Roman periods. The Neolithic was only represented by a spread of burnt material associated with a tree throw. Sporadic activity in the late Bronze Age was associated with a small pond which had subsequently silted up.

Sources and further reading

<1>Unpublished report: Masser, P. and Evans, C.. 1999. West Fen and St. Johns Roads, Ely, Cambridgeshire. An Archaeological evaluation. The Trinity, Carter and Runciman Lands. Cambridge Archaeological Unit Report 334
<2>Unpublished report: Masser, P.. 2001. Archaeological excavations at West Fen and St. John's Roads, Ely, Cambridgeshire: The Trinity and Runciman Lands. Cambridge Archaeological Unit Report 432