Tyne and Wear HER(13283): Dinnington, Fox Covert, enclosure ditch - Details
Dinnington, Fox Covert, enclosure ditch
During excavations in 2005, a curvilinear ditch was recorded. The fill did not contain any dateable artefacts, but a pig jaw from the base from the ditch was radiocarbon dated to 900 - 1030. The ditch may have represented a boundary or enclosure with an entrance from the south. The eastern limit of the ditch respected or at least did not transgress the prehistoric pit alignment (HER 13282). After the pig mandible was deposited, the ditch had silted naturally. The lack of artefacts within the feature suggests that the ditch was not located in close proximity to occupation.
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