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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.

Colour aerial photograph showing a major bend in a river with low lying pasture fields; in the foreground is a canal
The Gloucester and Sharpness Canal at Saul, with Arlingham and the Severn in the distance, photographed on 24-SEP-2004 (NMR 23714/04) © Historic England

The project

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at Netherhills was undertaken as a 'rescue' excavation in response to the threat of gravel extraction but remains unpublished.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.

Black and white aerial photograph showing some pasture fields bounded by two roads; to the north gravel extraction is encroaching
Townfield Farm ring ditch near Frampton on Severn photographed by Cambridge University on 16-JUN-1948. The ring ditch at the bottom centre of the image represents the ploughed out remains of one of the Bronze Age burial mounds in Netherhills barrow cemetery. Another ring ditch can be seen with the quarry at top centre. Since the photograph was taken in 1948 the site has been completely destroyed by gravel extraction. © Copyright reserved Cambridge University Collection of Air Photographs

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.

Colour mapping with archaeological features shown in green against a greyscale Ordnance Survey base map
NMP transcription of buried prehistoric archaeology located to the east of Frampton on Severn. The archaeology was visible as cropmarks on aerial photographs. The green lines represent ditches. © Historic England © Crown Copyright and database right 2010. All rights reserved. Ordnance Survey Licence number 100019088.

The key findings from the project can be found in the report:

Frampton On Severn Aggregate Levy Sustainability Fund Archaeological Aerial Survey: National Mapping Programme Report

Frampton On Severn Aggregate Levy Sustainability Fund Archaeological Aerial Survey: National Mapping Programme Report

Published 1 September 2006

Report from the Frampton on Severn ALSF Mapping Project

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