Prehistoric Container Pit?

First view of feature

First view of feature - LFF14

Excavation of half section

Excavation of half section

The excavation of feature LFF14 only produced two small shards of prehistoric pottery.

A middle Neolithic cooking pit and a length of ditch were the closest dated features. There was also a small well with coarse flint gritted pottery which is most likely to be Bronze Age. Perhaps we have a storage pit from as far back as 3500BC.

View of excavated pit section

The light grey colour of the soil represents many hundreds of years of leeching and suggests an early date.

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Like growth rings on a tree

Rings of Change

The most striking characteristic of the feature is the way in which rings have formed on the inside edge of the circumference.

What we have seen cut into the Essex gravel subsoil is only the bottom of the original feature. Even taking into account four thousand years of surface erosion we would not expect the original 'pit' to have been any deeper than 1000mm from the surface.

Below the Lofts Farm topsoil a thin layer (less than 20mm) of silty 'brickearth' covers some lower parts of the Lofts Farm area. Today the salt water Blackwater Estuary is half a mile away but it is quite conceivable that our area flooded in the distant past.

Can you help?

I am thinking this was a clay lined fresh water container dug into the gravel terrace some time before 1500BC. - but I would love to know what you think.

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This page just gives key evidence to solicit feedback to help with the interpretation of the 'Prehistoric Container Pit'. Anyone seeking more background is welcome to browse the Lofts Farm Interim Reports . An archive of all site notebooks, plans and photographs can be viewed - Here -

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