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Features at Sudeley Castle

Basic Information

  • The earliest feature in the trench is an artificial layer construction (F601). It was composed of a light reddish-brown silty sand (ratch) visible in the section of a ditch (F602). This is likely to have been created by digging up the surrounding sub-soil (ratch) to create an artificial structure correlating with the construction of the mound structure observed in Trench 7 (F701) and is likely to be contemporaneous. On top of this layer was a hardcore cap (F603) constructed of a yellowish-brown sandy clay with medium sub-angular stones moderately sorted. This was then capped with a brown clay (F604) as an apparent waterproof layer. Together these layers formed an outer and inner bank. The banks were marked on the archae-topographical and magnetometry survey and must be a direct correlate (Fradley et al, 2014).

Contexts

  • Context: SUD_6003
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    • Clay capping at top of bank (6006)
    • Robin Bowater
    • 26-5-2019
  • Context: SUD_6005
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    • Clay capping on circular outer bank (6006)
    • Maiya Pina-Dacier
    • 26-5-2019
  • Context: SUD_6020
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    • Clay capping outer bank. Equal to (6005).
    • Maiya Pina-Dacier
    • 3-6-2019

Narrative

    • The mound appears to have been constructed as out of earth (F601) consisting of mid greyish brown silt (6018) visible in an overcut section underneath [6010] below hardcore cap of the bank containing a few small fragments of bone, charcoal, and green glazed pottery. It is probably contemporaneous with 7020. The mound was overlain with a hardcore cap (F603) constructed of a yellowish-brown sandy clay with medium sub-angular stones moderately sorted (6006), (6009), (6021), (6023). This was then capped with a brown clay (F604), (6003), (6005), (6009), (6020), as an apparent waterproof layer to the mound. The bank was marked on the archae-topographical and magnetometry survey and must be a direct correlate (Fradley et al, 2014).
      • Stuart Noon
    • 22-7-2019

Dating Narrative

    • 1570's
      • Stuart Noon
    • 22-7-2019
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