Sand-le-Mere, East Yorkshire

Archaeological Evaluation

An archaeological evaluation was undertaken by CFA Archaeology Ltd during May and September of 2011 during groundworks ahead of the planned extension of Sand-le-Mere Caravan Park.  The development area lay within a wetland landscape exploited during later prehistoric, Romano-British and later periods, and as such the potential for surviving archaeology was thought to be high.

Eleven trenches were excavated, with four of the eleven containing archaeological deposits dating from the late prehistoric to the post-Medieval period, with the other seven proving to be devoid of any surviving archaeology.

Features excavated included a number of prehistoric features including ring ditches, linear ditches, pits and possible post holes, while other ditches containing pottery dating to the late Medieval were also excavated.


Later work at the site included an archaeological strip and record during the removal of a concrete slab covering the site.  Truncation of the natural subsoil had removed evidence of underlying archaeology in most places; however, to the east of the site some remains likely to relate to former outbuildings associated with Cliff Farm were recorded. These consisted of the remains of a stone-capped brick culvert of post-medieval date and a post-medieval lime-mortar bonded wall, constructed within the fill of an undated ditch.

SIGNIFICANT FINDS: Ring Ditch, Pits, Postholes

Funding Body: Prospect Archaeology Ltd
NGR: TA 312 313

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