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Name: Saxon-medieval plough soil - Abbey stables/Reading Library, Reading, Berkshire
HER Number: 01022.11.100
Record Type: Monument

Grid Reference: SU 718 734
Administrative Area/Parish:Reading, Reading, Berkshire
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Summary

Excavation in 1983 revealed a plough soil dating from the 10th to the early 12th century.

Monument Type(s):

  • FIELD? (Saxon to Medieval - 901 AD to 1200 AD)

Description

Excavation in 1983 prior to the building of the library revealed at it's lowest levels a plough soil dating from the 10th to the early 12th century, dated by the pottery found. A coin of William I was also found. An environmental sample taken from plough soil during the excavation produced evidence of rye oats wheat and barley, as well as the seeds of some marsh plants, presumably from nearer the Holy Brook <1>.


<1> Trust for Wessex Archaeology, 1985, Reading Library, An illustrated History of the site (Bibliographic reference). SRD6881.

<2> Berkshire Archaeological Society, 1986-90, Berkshire Archaeological Journal, "Excavations on the site of Reading Abbey stables, 1983" John Hawkes pp67-87 (Journal). SRM14205.

Sources

<1>Trust for Wessex Archaeology. 1985. Reading Library, An illustrated History of the site. [Bibliographic reference / SRD6881]
<2>Berkshire Archaeological Society. 1986-90. Berkshire Archaeological Journal. 73. "Excavations on the site of Reading Abbey stables, 1983" John Hawkes pp67-87. [Journal / SRM14205]

Designations

  • Scheduled Monument 1007932: Reading Abbey: a Cluniac and Benedictine monastery and Civil War earthwork.

Associated Events:

ERM1241Site of Reading Abbey Stables

Associated Monuments

MRD1391Building - Abbey Stables at Reading Library, Reading (Monument)

Associated Finds:

  • FRD2641 - PLANT MACRO REMAINS (Saxon to Medieval - 901 AD to 1200 AD)
  • FRD2639 - SHERD (Saxon to Medieval - 901 AD to 1200 AD)
  • FRD2640 - COIN (Saxon to Unknown - 1001 AD)