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Worthy Down Settlement

Hob Uid: 231537
Location :
Hampshire
Winchester
South Wonston
Grid Ref : SU4590035700
Summary : A Middle Iron Age to Romano-British settlement site. The middle Iron Age settlement consisted of an enclosure, linear ditches and pits, some of possible ritual significance. The Romano British settlement consisted of a road, post holes, pits and burials of several phases but spanning the Roman period.
More information : SU 459 357. Part of a Middle Iron Age-3rd/4th C A D settlement
complex at Worthy Down was the subject of a rescue excavation in
1980 prior to construction of the A34 Sutton Scotney by-pass. Middle
Iron Age enclosure ditches were sectioned together with one of a
series of grain storage or rubbish pits. These and other Iron Age
features were overlain by Romano-British enclosures and boundary
ditches. Evidence of a road, post-holes and pits belonging to several
phases of the Romano-British period were also noted. (1-2)

Further excavations in 1983-5 revealed considerable Iron Age activity
including Middle Iron Age burials and a number of pits, possibly of
ritual significance. Romano-British grain storage or rubbish pits, two4th C burials and an inscribed Roman road stone (not in situ) were
also uncovered. The following sequence was suggested: a small Middle
Iron Age settlement within a double concentric enclosure with sparse
external ocupation; the enclosure was later modified by adding
linear boundary ditches, perhaps in an extension of settlement towardsthe south east. A slight shift of site probably occurred in the Late
Iron Age with a period of disuse after the 2nd C A D. The site was
replanned in the 4th C. (3-5)

Sources :
Source Number : 1
Source : Archaeology in Hampshire, annual report
Source details : (R Whinney)
Page(s) : 10
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Plates :
Vol(s) : 1980
Source Number : 2
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Winchester City Mus Rpt 1974-80 67
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Source Number : 3
Source : Archaeology in Hampshire, annual report
Source details : (A Robinson)
Page(s) : 10-Dec
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Vol(s) : 1983
Source Number : 4
Source : Archaeology in Hampshire, annual report
Source details : (A King)
Page(s) : 13-17
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Vol(s) : 1984-5
Source Number : 5
Source : VIRTUAL CATALOGUE ENTRY TO SUPPORT NAR MIGRATION
Source details : Winchester City Mus Ann Rpt 1984-5 26 (K Qualmann)
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Middle Iron Age
Display Date : Middle Iron Age
Monument End Date : -100
Monument Start Date : -300
Monument Type : Burial, Enclosed Settlement, Pit
Evidence : Sub Surface Deposit
Monument Period Name : Late Iron Age
Display Date : Late Iron Age
Monument End Date : 43
Monument Start Date : -100
Monument Type : Enclosed Settlement
Evidence : Sub Surface Deposit
Monument Period Name : Roman
Display Date : Roman
Monument End Date : 410
Monument Start Date : 43
Monument Type : Burial, Settlement, Road, Post Hole, Pit
Evidence : Sub Surface Deposit

Components and Objects:
Related Records from other datasets:
External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : SU 43 NE 50
External Cross Reference Notes :

Related Warden Records :
Related Activities :
Associated Activities : WORTHY DOWN
Activity type : EXCAVATION
Start Date : 1979-01-01
End Date : 1980-12-31
Associated Activities : WORTHY DOWN, SOUTH WONSTON
Activity type : EXCAVATION
Start Date : 1983-01-01
End Date : 1985-12-31