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Iron Age and/or Romano-British cropmark settlement and field system, Holdingham

Reference Name MLI60718

Iron Age and/or Romano-British cropmark settlement and field system, Holdingham

Iron Age and/or Romano-British cropmark settlement and field system, Holdingham

Holdingham, North Kesteven, Lincolnshire

PRN 60718
[Note - this record includes PRN 60719, now deleted.]
A sequence of overlapping and conjoined enclosures, probably of prehistoric to Romano-British date lying on the terrace of the river Slea, some 1.5 miles west of Sleaford. Among the fields and enclosures are at least two near- circular crop marks which are most probably to be interpreted as the sites of circular huts. The dark line which appears to traverse the spine of the settlement is a field boundary now removed, which appears on the 1938 County Lincs O.S. map. Nothing is visible on the ground. {1}{2}
These features are visible on numerous aerial photographs. {3}{4}{6}{7}
They have been interpreted as a possible settlement with field system. {7}
A geophyiscal survey was undertaken on land adjacent to the scheduled monument. An extension of SAM 338 encroaches into the eastern edge of the proposed development area. Part of a rectangular enclosure, ditches, pits and an elongated anomaly were detected that suggest at least limited continuation of the cropmark complex immediately to the north-east. {5}

1 Scheduling Record: HBMC. 1979. AM 7. SAM 338
2 Scheduling Record: HBMC. 1987. AM 107. -
3 Aerial Photograph: 1945-84. CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY COLLECTION. PRW60-62; ABK14-15; BUX10
4 Aerial Photograph: HARTLEY, R.F.R.. 1980-92. LEICESTERSHIRE COUNTY COUNCIL. 3316/23A,24
5 Report: Pre-Construct Archaeology. Jul 2004. Archaeological desk based assessment and geophysical survey at the proposed quarry, Boiling Wells Farm, near Sleaford. -
6 Aerial Photograph: 1946-98. RCHME. TF0545/2,3,6,8
7 Map: Royal Commission on the Historical Monuments of England. 1992-1996. National Mapping Programme. LINCOLNSHIRE. TF 04 NW; TF0445; LI.853.11.1-9, LI.853.12.1-2
8 Index: Sleaford SMR cards. SLEAFORD. TF 04 NW; W
9 Article in Monograph: Winton, H.. 1998. 'The cropmark evidence for Prehistoric and Roman settlement in west Lincolnshire' in Lincolnshire's Archaeology from the Air. p 50 fig 1.11

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