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Northam Road

SOU 1196 was an observation of foundations to the north of Northam Road. Even though in 19th century houses with cellars had been built here the Saxon archaeology survived, and there were prehistoric finds as well.

Brick earth

The natural brick earth was exposed at the base of the foundations. Above it was a thin deposit of weathered brick earth, probably partly natural and partly due to human activity.


Prehistoric finds in the brick earth included a flint tool, two flint flakes and some burnt flints. These suggest that people lived here or nearby in the prehistoric period.


Two Middle-Saxon pits were uncovered. These contained domestic rubbish such as animal bones, oyster shells, daub and charcoal. A fragment of a Saxon hair comb, made from deer antler, was found.

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