SU5224 : Excavations at Bottom Pond Farm, Owslebury

taken 49 years ago, near to Owslebury, Hampshire, Great Britain

Excavations at Bottom Pond Farm, Owslebury
Excavations at Bottom Pond Farm, Owslebury, taken 49 years ago
This shot shows a partially excavated junction of ditches and other features. Sections are left at intervals along the ditches to show the profile of the infill.
The topsoil layer is fairly thin, as may be seen from the edge of the site. The features show up well on the chalk base-rock. The deeper soil in the features also produces taller plants which tend to ripen later so sites like this one often show up well in aerial photos because of shadows or darker colour in a ripening crop.
Excavations at Bottom Pond Farm, Owslebury
The excavation of an Iron Age and Roman farming settlement at Bottom Pond Farm, Owslebury took place over several years in the late 1960s and early 1970s under the directorship of J R Collis.
The interim report extract states:
"Traces of Neolithic, Early Bronze Age, and earlier Iron Age occupation were found, but the main period of occupation starts in the Belgic period with both settlement material and a small cemetery containing a warrior inhumation and Belgic cremations inside rectangular enclosures. The site continues with ditched enclosures, chalk quarries, cesspits, ovens, and burials until the end of the fourth century A.D."
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Date Taken
July 1968   (more nearby)
Tuesday, 21 February, 2012
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening  Village, Rural settlement  Flat landscapes 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 5255 2463 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:1.1191N 1:15.1315W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 5255 2466
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SOUTH (about 180 degrees)
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