Westonzoyland, Somerset

Westonzoyland, Somerset

Oakford Archaeology was commissioned in 2017 by Jillings Heynes Planning Ltd to undertake a staged programme of archaeological work on land behind Liney Road, Westonzoyland, Somerset.

The staged programme initially consisted of an archaeological desk-based assessment, which identified evidence for prehistoric and Romano-British activity, in particular to the west, east and north of the site, and a geophysical survey undertaken by Substrata. The latter identified a series of anomalies including possible linear boundaries, as well as discrete features such as pits.

The subsequent trench evaluation identified the remains of a crouched inhumation burial, dated to the middle bronze Age, and the remains of two cremations, which have been radiocarbon dated to the mid to late Bronze Age date. Close-by were the remains of two heavily ploughed out pits. Both contained middle bronze age pottery dated to the period between c. 1500 and 1100 BC. To the northwest was a double enclosure. Other ditches were identified to the south and southeast.

While there were few finds recovered, the character of the features indicate that they represent evidence for prehistoric funerary/religious and agricultural activity.

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