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Name:Iron Age and/or Romano-British cropmark settlement and field system, Holdingham
HER Number:60718
Type of record:Monument

Summary

Iron Age and/or Romano-British cropmark settlement and field system, Holdingham

Grid Reference:TF 047 457
Map Sheet:TF04NW
Parish:SLEAFORD, NORTH KESTEVEN, LINCOLNSHIRE
SOUTH RAUCEBY, NORTH KESTEVEN, LINCOLNSHIRE
Holdingham, North Kesteven, Lincolnshire

Full description

PRN 60718
[Note - this record includes PRN 60719, now deleted.]
A sequence of overlapping and conjoined enclosures, probably of prehistoric to Romano-British date lying on the terrace of the river Slea, some 1.5 miles west of Sleaford. Among the fields and enclosures are at least two near- circular crop marks which are most probably to be interpreted as the sites of circular huts. The dark line which appears to traverse the spine of the settlement is a field boundary now removed, which appears on the 1938 County Lincs O.S. map. Nothing is visible on the ground. {1}{2}
These features are visible on numerous aerial photographs. {3}{4}{6}{7}
They have been interpreted as a possible settlement with field system. {7}
A geophyiscal survey was undertaken on land adjacent to the scheduled monument. An extension of SAM 338 encroaches into the eastern edge of the proposed development area. Part of a rectangular enclosure, ditches, pits and an elongated anomaly were detected that suggest at least limited continuation of the cropmark complex immediately to the north-east. {5}


<1> HBMC, 1979, AM 7, SAM 338 (Scheduling Record). SLI4145.

<2> HBMC, 1987, AM 107, - (Scheduling Record). SLI4030.

<3> 1945-84, CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY COLLECTION, PRW60-62; ABK14-15; BUX10 (Aerial Photograph). SLI173.

<4> HARTLEY, R.F.R., 1980-92, LEICESTERSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL, 3316/23A,24 (Aerial Photograph). SLI183.

<5> Pre-Construct Archaeology, Jul 2004, Archaeological desk based assessment and geophysical survey at the proposed quarry, Boiling Wells Farm, near Sleaford, - (Report). SLI9759.

<6> 1946-98, RCHME, TF0545/2,3,6,8 (Aerial Photograph). SLI193.

<7> Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England, 1992-1996, National Mapping Programme, TF 04 NW; TF0445; LI.853.11.1-9, LI.853.12.1-2 (Map). SLI3613.

<8> Sleaford SMR cards, TF 04 NW; W (Index). SLI3265.

<9> Helen Winton, 1998, 'The cropmark evidence for Prehistoric and Roman settlement in west Lincolnshire' in Lincolnshire's Archaeology from the Air, p 50 fig 1.11 (Article in Monograph). SLI5405.

Monument Types

  • BOUNDARY DITCH (Early Iron Age to Roman - 800 BC to 409 AD)
  • ENCLOSURE (Early Iron Age to Roman - 800 BC to 409 AD)
  • FIELD SYSTEM (Early Iron Age to Roman - 800 BC to 409 AD)
  • HUT CIRCLE (Early Iron Age to Roman - 800 BC to 409 AD)
  • SETTLEMENT (Early Iron Age to Roman - 800 BC to 409 AD)

Associated Events

  • Proposed quarry, Boiling Wells Farm, near Sleaford
  • Aerial photographs of cropmarks near Boiling Wells Farm
  • Aerial photograph of cropmarks near Boiling Wells Farm
  • Aerial photographs of cropmarks near Boiling Wells Farm
  • Aerial photographs of cropmarks near Boiling Wells Farm

Protected Status

  • Scheduled Monument
  • SHINE

Sources and further reading

<1>Scheduling Record: HBMC. 1979. AM 7. SAM 338.
<2>Scheduling Record: HBMC. 1987. AM 107. -.
<3>Aerial Photograph: 1945-84. CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY COLLECTION. PRW60-62; ABK14-15; BUX10.
<4>Aerial Photograph: HARTLEY, R.F.R.. 1980-92. LEICESTERSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL. 3316/23A,24.
<5>Report: Pre-Construct Archaeology. Jul 2004. Archaeological desk based assessment and geophysical survey at the proposed quarry, Boiling Wells Farm, near Sleaford. -.
<6>Aerial Photograph: 1946-98. RCHME. TF0545/2,3,6,8.
<7>Map: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1992-1996. National Mapping Programme. TF 04 NW; TF0445; LI.853.11.1-9, LI.853.12.1-2.
<8>Index: Sleaford SMR cards. SLEAFORD. TF 04 NW; W.
<9>Article in Monograph: Helen Winton. 1998. 'The cropmark evidence for Prehistoric and Roman settlement in west Lincolnshire' in Lincolnshire's Archaeology from the Air. p 50 fig 1.11.