Frampton on Severn ALSF National Mapping Programme project
The aim of the Frampton on Severn ALSF NMP project was to enhance the archaeological record of this area, which is rich in archaeological material, but is also an area that has seen extensive aggregate extraction.
The Frampton on Severn ALSF NMP project was funded by the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund (ALSF). It formed part of a wider project looking at the archaeological landscape of Frampton on Severn, and was carried out by Gloucestershire County Council Archaeological Service. The aerial survey succeeded in locating five Bronze Age ring-ditches at Netherhills and mapping the prehistoric and Roman archaeology of the surrounding landscape. The survey also highlighted the preservation of archaeological earthworks from the medieval landscape.
The Netherhills ring ditches
The primary aim of the aerial survey was to use the aerial photographic record to identify and map the exact location of five Bronze Age ring ditches at Netherhills, which had been excavated by R J C Atkinson in 1948. The excavation at Netherhills was undertaken as a 'rescue' excavation in response to the threat of gravel extraction but remains unpublished. The survey put them into context by mapping the archaeology of the wider landscape, including the nearby prehistoric or Roman sites at Perryway, Eastington, Townfield Farm and Park Corner Cottage.
The archaeological aerial survey
The other aims and objectives of the Frampton on Severn aerial survey were to map and record all archaeological features visible on aerial photographs, providing a wider context for the prehistoric and/or Roman sites mentioned above; this included the discovery of two previously unknown probable Bronze Age barrows. The NMP survey also highlighted the good state of preservation of many archaeological remains from the medieval and/or post-medieval period still visible as earthworks, such as five new possible medieval settlements.
The key findings from the project can be found in the report:
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