Animal bone. (specialist report In D. Ingham, A Middle Iron Age settlement at Banbury Lane, King’s Sutton)

Authors: Maltby, M.

Journal: Northamptonshire Archaeology

Volume: 39

Pages: 80-82


Albion Archaeology carried out an excavation in 2013 at Banbury Lane, King’s Sutton, in advance of residential development. The earliest activity comprised a late Neolithic Grooved ware vessel, probably a secondary deposit into one of two undated boundary ditches, which may have been part of a middle/late Bronze Age field system. A middle Iron Age settlement comprised a roundhouse, small enclosures, four-post structures and pits, which produced moderately sized assemblages of pottery and animal bone. The settlement may have had a primarily pastoral economy and is likely to have been used over the course of two to three centuries, probably coming into use in the 3rd century BC, as indicated by radiocarbon dating of two early dog burials, and falling out of use in the late Iron Age, probably the 1st century BC. Subsequent activity was limited to medieval ridge and furrow cultivation and two medieval and/or post-medieval buildings, with further associated agricultural remains.

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