Curvilinear ditch, east of Grove Lane, Wishaw

Description of this historic site

A curvilinear ditch of Iron Age date uncovered near Grove Lane, Wishaw during trial trenching connected with the Birmingham Northern Relief Road project. It is interpreted as a ring gully around an Iron Age roundhouse.

Notes about this historic site

1 A curvilinear ditch, prescribing a circle 11m in diameter, may be associated with a cluster of nine pits (WA 9096) found near to the south bank of the stream.
2 Clear cut features will post-date the Mesolithic.
3 Further investigation in advance of construction of the M6 Toll. This ditch is interpreted as a probable roundhouse gully, to be viewed in context of the Iron Age features from Site 19. Charcoal, burnt pebbles and Middle Iron Age pottery was recovered from the ditch fill. Charcoal from the ditch fill was subject to radiocarbon dating, with a result of 380-190 cal BC.

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