What lies beneath?

Monday September 7, 2020

Ahead of the planned development of new almshouses on More’s Meadow, the Charity has commissioned an archaeological survey of the development site and adjacent land.

Starting in mid-September, our neighbours, visitors and allotment holders will see excavation work underway on the fields bordering Davey Crescent, Bridge Close, More’s Meadow, Hobson’s Acre, Walden Way and The Hectare. Trenches will be dug by a mechanical excavator and any archaeological features found will then be investigated by hand.

The work is being undertaken by Oxford Archaeology Ltd and follows a walkover survey earlier this summer which identified possible ring ditches and enclosures.

There are known archaeological sites nearby; in particular, a Scheduled Monument a few hundred meters to the north where there are crop marks indicating Iron Age and Roman settlements, including enclosure ditches, trackways and a possible villa.

The More’s Meadow survey is scheduled for completion in October, though a decision on further work could be made by the Cambridgeshire County Council’s Historic Environment Team depending upon the outcome of this survey.