Archaeological fieldwork completes on school development site

RPS were commissioned to undertake a programme of archaeological evaluation trenching and subsequent targeted excavation across an area proposed for development at a school in Bishops Stortford.

Key details

Project name

Whittington Way, Bishops Stortford South Education Zone 

Client

Balfour Beatty

Location

Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire 

Services provided

  • Archaeological evaluation trenching and excavation 
  • Archaeological consultancy 

Challenges

Previous phases of evaluation trenching across a wide area of the Bishops Stortford South development area had identified evidence for later Prehistoric activity as well as a likely Romano-British farmstead.

The site retained a potential for complex archaeological remains which required appropriate levels of recording prior to development. In addition, the project experienced tight timescales to ensure that development groundworks could proceed according to the agreed programme and that the school would be completed in line with overall project timescales.

Solution

Following the previous discoveries in the area, our team completed additional evaluation trenching to investigate further areas of the proposed school site. Our findings informed the requirement for archaeological mitigation measures in advance of development.

In total, six areas of archaeological excavation (mitigation) were agreed with the Hertfordshire County Archaeologist, targeted on areas of significant archaeological remains identified during trial trenching. These excavation areas have identified evidence for a Romano-British farmstead, including associated enclosures, agricultural activity and burial clusters. In addition, possible later Saxon post hole structures were also identified.

Archaeological fieldwork was completed within budget and within agreed timescales. We ensured that the work was undertaken to a high standard and that a commercial approach to the archaeology was taken throughout the project to enable development groundworks to proceed as planned.

Post excavation analysis and assessment is underway, with publication of the results to anticipated in 2021.

Timeline

  • 2019

    September - Project start 

    October - Phase of evaluation trial trenching

    October to February 2020 - Archaeological excavation across six targeted areas

     

  • 2020

    February onwards - Post excavation work and analysis

    Followed by publication of results alongside wider project 

     

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2019

September - Project start 

October - Phase of evaluation trial trenching

October to February 2020 - Archaeological excavation across six targeted areas

 

2020

February onwards - Post excavation work and analysis

Followed by publication of results alongside wider project 

 

Key contact

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Matthew Smith

Business Development Director - Archaeology +44 (0) 20 3691 0500 EMAIL
London - Farringdon Street | UK

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