Monument record MYO4340 - Iron Age Settlement
|Grid reference||Centred SE 5649 4917 (125m by 191m)|
|Unitary Authority||City of York, North Yorkshire|
Type and Period (1)
Four inter-connected, sub-rectangular enclosures measuring approximately 40–50m in length x 30m wide were observed. They were organised in a semicircular, crescent shaped formation, with the long axis generally aligned east-west. On at least two of the enclosures the western (short)
return is missing, effectively making them three sided. Given the curving arrangement of the enclosures and the potential offshoot boundary ditch located in Trench 7 (see Headland evaluation report), the possibility exists that the settlement formerly extended to the east, beyond the current site, where a modern housing estate now exists.
The excavation work confirmed what the suggestions of the geophysics plot - that the outer ditches of the rectangular enclosures were considerably wider and deeper than the ditches associated with the smaller internal features. This may normally indicate a defensive function, however given the open nature of the features on the ‘outside’ edge of the arrangement and the potential evidence for an external bank, this may not be the case.
The smaller enclosures, were uniformly sited at the centre of the larger feature, and measured approximately 20m across. There was no dating evidence, and there was no obvious signs of a central hearth or post holes.
This, coupled with their size, may exclude a structural interpretation of these features – unless plough truncation has played a role in removing shallower remains.
Headland Archaeology, 2015, Moor Lane (Unpublished document). SYO1714.
- --- SYO1714 Unpublished document: Headland Archaeology. 2015. Moor Lane.
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Record last edited
Sep 13 2022 1:08PM