Avonmouth Docks

Project Officer: Tim Longman

An evaluation was carried out before the construction of a new biomass power station at Avonmouth Docks in Bristol. The very wet conditions resulted in one of the three trenches being abandoned due to excessive flooding from groundwater sources.

The other two trenches displayed no significant archaeological features or deposits other than two buried soil horizons. These former ground surfaces were beneath thick layers of redeposited alluvium excavated during the construction of the nearby Royal Edward Dock which opened in 1908.

flooded trench at avonmouth docks

The epitome of ‘difficult working conditions’ — trench 2 flooded, looking south-east towards the Avonmouth railway line

  • Project Officer: Tim Longman
  • BHER: 25128

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