A. FIELDWORK PROJECTS:
1. Highlights include 3
Manor Farm, Wolverton a probable Cursus has been revealed during
Phase 3 of the quarry. Two parallel ditches have been exposed;
c. 260m of the southern ditch and c. 300m of the northern ditch.
There are two staggered causeways, one across each ditch.
Material culture recovered from the ditches is limited; but
includes a refitting sequence of Late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age
flint and fragments of Beaker pottery have been recovered from
the upper ditch fills. Traces of internal banks have been
identified in the sections above the ditches and in the backfill
of the features in addition to a buried soil underlying the
banks. Samples for radiocarbon and Optically Stimulated
Luminescence dating have been taken.
the Calverton extension to Passenham Quarry, excavation has
focussed on the continuation of the Iron Age pit alignment
alongside the discovery and excavation of a substantial
stone-built Romano-British 2nd C AD mortuary structure.
Broughton excavation of 5 areas as part of the Brooklands
expansion area has revealed early Iron Age to late
Romano-British occupation. The early to middle Iron Age
settlement comprising 13 huts and enclosure ditches in areas 6
and 7 being of particular interest.
Area 7 Brooklands, Early – Mid
Iron Age settlement looking west to Broughton
Gate (© Oxford Archaeology)
English Heritage grant has been awarded to the Council to enable
the HER records to be made available online via the national
Heritage Gateway web portal before the end of the year.
Additionally it is planned to make Monuments, Events and
Historic Landscape Characterisation data available via a
Historic Environment Theme on the MKi Observatory Mapping module
by November 2009.
Archaeological Officer is organising Milton Keynes Archaeology
Day (MKAD). A free event to be held in MK central library on
Saturday 14th November 2009, MKAD will include talks on some of
the above projects as well as from Paul Blinkhorn of ‘Time Team’
fame. This year there will also be activities for younger people
including a themed ‘story time’ in the children’s library.