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Charterhouse Somerset

On behalf of Bristol Water we undertook research and fieldwork to assess and record the archaeological impact of a pipe replacement scheme at Broad Road, Charterhouse-on-Mendip, Somerset.

Following a Desk-Based Assessment of the proposed route, a 15m wide easement was marked out across four fields and a 10m width within this easement was stripped of topsoil (to a depth of approx. 0.15m) to reveal any archaeology requiring further investigation.

Results

Results revealed a multi-period prehistoric landscape with a background signature of post-medieval activity. A prehistoric standing stone and a platform like structure were revealed and recorded in situ. A number of worked lithics, primarily flint were recovered from within the topsoil and subsoil.

Project Details

Client

Bristol Water

Sector

Infrastructure/ Utilities/ Water

Services

Archaeological Desk-Based Assessment; Watching Brief (Archaeological Observation); Archaeological Excavation; Post-Excavation Assessment

Key Points

  • Water main replacement scheme
  • Multi-period prehistoric landscape revealed
  • Key features included: a standing stone, a platform-like structure, flint scatters and natural features with evidence of anthropogenic intervention