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Bronze Age activity, The Glebe Land, Langtoft



Reference Name MLI92017

Name:
Bronze Age activity, The Glebe Land, Langtoft

Summary:
Bronze Age activity, The Glebe Land, Langtoft

Location:
LANGTOFT, SOUTH KESTEVEN, LINCOLNSHIRE

Description:
PRN 37113
An excavation at Glebe Land between October 2007 to January 2008 revealed Bronze Age activity on the site. Features excavated which date from the early Bronze Age include a ploughed down ring ditch which contained fragments of Collared Urn and Beaker pottery, mostly within two pits. Adjacent to the ditch was a watering hole, which also contained a fragment of Beaker pottery, and a small pit/post hole which bisected a grave cut for an inhumation. The skeleton was a crouched adult ?male lying on his left side and the grave contained Beaker pottery.
Features from the middle Bronze Age included ditches, which were associated with field systems, eight ditches forming animal enclosures, a trackway and enclosed settlement. The enclosed area consisted of three ditches and within the area were three structures evidenced by post holes. To the east of the enclosure were watering holes which produced a domestic assemblage of pottery and faunal remains. One contained a timber platform in its base. Within this area were also eleven pits/wells, one of which was a midden contained pottery, animal bone, baked clay, worked clay, flint and burnt stone. On the western side of the linear ditches, 34 postholes were arranged in an alignment forming a fence line, or possibly a livestock enclosure. {1}{2}

Further excavations at Glebe Land were undertaken by Cambridge Archaeological Unit between October 2008 and January 2009. Mid Bronze Age linear features interpreted as a field system were revealed. Six associated pits/wells and watering holes which contained bone, pottery, burnt stone and a timber revetment were also recorded. {3}{4}

The investigations on this Bronze Age site have produced substantial marine shell assemblages. In addition to the marine silt snail (Hydrobia ulva), the Common or Blue sea mussel (Mytilus edulis) occurs and, in one case, its shells had been dumped into a ditch terminal. This suggests that marine resources were then actually exploited here – with the marine snail living on seaweed and, thereby, possibly hinting of that sea plant’s usage. {5}

Sources:
1 Intervention Report: Cambridge Archaeological Unit. 2008. Excavations at Langtoft, Lincolnshire: The Glebe Land. -
2 Excavation archive: Cambridge Archaeological Unit. 2008. Excavations at Langtoft, Lincolnshire: The Glebe Land. -
3 Intervention Report: Cambridge Archaeological Unit. 2010. Further Excavations at Langtoft: The Glebe Land 2007/8. CAU site code: LGL 08
4 Excavation archive: Cambridge Archaeological Unit. 2010. Further Excavations at Langtoft: The Glebe Land 2007/8. LGL08
5 Article in serial: Evans, Christopher. 2015. 'Wearing environment and making islands: Britain’s Bronze Age inland North Sea' in Antiquity. vol.89, issue 347, pp.1110-24

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The following reports are available from the ADS digital library.
1 Intervention Report: Cambridge Archaeological Unit. 2008. Excavations at Langtoft, Lincolnshire: The Glebe Land. -
1 Intervention Report: Cambridge Archaeological Unit. 2008. Excavations at Langtoft, Lincolnshire: The Glebe Land. -
3 Intervention Report: Cambridge Archaeological Unit. 2010. Further Excavations at Langtoft: The Glebe Land 2007/8. CAU site code: LGL 08

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