Report on the archaeological potential of two sites located on the route of the A6 bypass at Great Glen, Leicestershire

Bray, Simon and Hughes, Paul (2001) Report on the archaeological potential of two sites located on the route of the A6 bypass at Great Glen, Leicestershire. Southampton, UK, PLUS, 21pp.


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Soil Survey work was undertaken at two sites designated by the University of Birmingham Field Archaeology Unit within Fields 20b and 16 along the route of the forthcoming A6 Great Glen Bypass. Two transects, each containing 5 cores, were sampled using a Dutch-pattern soil gouge auger. Sediments were described using the standard Tröels-Smith system of sediment classification and Munsell soil colour charts. Results suggest that Field 20b has remained relatively undisturbed since the abandonment of ridge and furrow farming. Sediments adjacent to Burton Brook yielded charcoal, which may be local but could also have been transported some distance by floodwaters. In marked contrast, Field 16 appears to have been heavily engineered as part of a flood defence scheme on the River Sense in Great Glen village. Sediment samples from this field were a rather uniform mixture of clays, silts and sands. These may have been dredged from the channel or the pond and re-deposited across the field. There was no evidence of palaeosols or other significant organic deposits in the cores from either transect.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Keywords: soil survey, stratiagraphy, troels-smith classification A6 bypass, leicestershire
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Geography > Environmental Processes and Change
ePrint ID: 15888
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Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2005
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 11:30

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