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Scheduled section of the Car Dyke in Helpringham



Reference Name MLI60014

Name:
Scheduled section of the Car Dyke in Helpringham

Summary:
Scheduled section of the Car Dyke in Helpringham

Location:
HELPRINGHAM, NORTH KESTEVEN, LINCOLNSHIRE

Description:
PRN 60014
A Scheduled stretch of the Car Dyke Roman canal, running through three fields in Helpringham. It runs for 190m north-north-east through field O.S. 317 as a hollow between two banks. The easterly bank has been eroded down. The dyke turns at TF 14533905, east-north-east through field O.S. 288 between well preserved banks 2m high, except at western end. A hollow has been dug out of centre of northern bank. The Scheduled area continues across field 314 but the banks in this field were bulldozed flat under a war agricultural board order during the Second World War. For general Car Dyke record see PRN 60706. {1}{2}
A section measuring 117m was drawn of the north side of the relay trench along South Drove/Car Dyke during water mains replacement. {4}{5}
The course of the Car Dyke in this area is clearly visible on aerial photographs. {3}
A trench was excavated through the Car Dyke in 1971, but the paper archive for this work was lost. In 1999, the trench (at TF 1455 3905) was re-excavated and borehole samples were also taken for environmental analysis. The dimensions of the surviving channel and banks at this site were established, and a buried soil was discovered beneath the banks. No dating evidence or artefacts were found. {8}{9}

Sources:
1 Scheduling record: HBMC. AM 7. SAM 274
2 Scheduling record: HBMC. 1985. AM 107. SAM 274
3 Aerial Photograph: 1945-84. CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY COLLECTION. LH 18,19; EA 051, 052
4 Intervention Report: Pre-Construct Archaeology. 1994. Helpringham Fen: Archaeological Watching Brief Report. HLF94
5 Excavation archive: Pre-Construct Archaeology. 1994. Helpringham Fen: Archaeological Watching Brief. LCNCC 65.94
6 Article in serial: Field, F.N. and George, I.. 1995. Archaeology in Lincolnshire. Vol 30 p42
7 Index: Helpringham SMR cards. HELPRINGHAM. TF 13 NW; AC, TF 13 NE; A
8 Intervention Report: Archaeological Project Services. 2001. Assessment Report: Excavation of the Car Dyke, Helpringham. CDP99
9 Bibliographic reference: Cope-Faulkner, P. and Simmons, B. B.. 2004. The Car Dyke: Past Work, Current State and Future Possibilities. -

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The following reports are available from the ADS digital library.
4 Intervention Report: Pre-Construct Archaeology. 1994. Helpringham Fen: Archaeological Watching Brief Report. HLF94
8 Intervention Report: Archaeological Project Services. 2001. Assessment Report: Excavation of the Car Dyke, Helpringham. CDP99

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