Heath House Lane, Purdown

An archaeological watching brief during groundworks associated with the construction of a healthcare facility on the former site of Highwood House revealed a well-stratified geological sequence within which a series of archaeological features were present. The features dated to the Late Iron Age/Early Romano-British period and are thought to represent evidence for a small settlement where food was both processed and consumed.

a burnt circular pit

Burnt circular pit

Geoarchaeological analysis of the soil profile showed the settlement was initially associated with a stable soil profile. Subsequently the settlement was engulfed by soil derived from the higher ground to the west of the site, which may have been caused by the clearing of this slope for agricultural purposes.

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