Settlement site


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Bronze Age
Rectilinear Enclosure

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County Council

Oxfordshire County Council

District Council

Vale of White Horse District Council



Parliamentary Constituency


Grid Reference

SE487487 (448735, 193572)

WGS84 Coordinates

51.6384, -1.29569

Nearest Postcode

OX14 4EZ

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Sutton Courtenay Bronze Age and Saxon settlement sites excavated by ET Leeds in advance of gravel extraction between 1921 and 1937. The Bronze Age settlement consisted of a number of pits and ring ditches and a rectangular ditched enclosure some 750 yards long and 75 yards wide. This enclosure, and a number of probable barrow-circles, are considered by Leeds to be either late Neolithic or Early Bronze Age in date. A cursus was also discovered, (see SU 49 SE 83). The Saxon settlement comprised at least 33 huts of grubenhaus type and is a classic example of a pagan Saxon village of the 5th-6th centuries. The sunken-floored dwellings were marked by sub-rectangular pits with post-holes, although some of these pits appear to represent industrial structures. The Anglo-Saxon buildings with sunken features appear to be arranged on the sides of a large open space. Individual buildings show considerable variation. Aerial photographs show that the settlement continued to the south. Some Roman finds were encountered, which the excavator believed to be re-used by the Saxons and not evidence of Roman occupation. However, a Roman ditch, part of an adjoining trackway and 2 enclosures, containing 2nd and 3rd century pottery, were discovered in 1980, and may indicate Roman activity in the area. examination of the material evidence suggests that the Saxon site was a major high status site.

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