The Archaeology of the Tram:Excavations along the line of Nottingham’s new NET2 tram network
The Archaeology of the TramFor the last three years, TPA has been providing archaeology and heritage services for Vinci Construction UK and Taylor Woodrow- Alstom JV, during the construction of Nottingham’s new Tram Network – NET 2 - on behalf of Nottingham City Council.The overall project has been a massive feat of engineering, with 17.5km of new track spread over two lines and 31 new tram stops being constructed.Archaeologically, the project has also been a rare opportunity to look at two entire transects of a single urban focus, including two of the largest excavations to occur in Nottingham in the last forty years.As the final archaeological watching briefs come to end and with our work switching to post-excavation we are in a position to present some of the highlights of this work. Importantly, this web-page will also evolve over the next year as a resource for the entire ‘Archaeology of the Tram’ project. Publications will include two full excavation monographs, a number of smaller watching brief reports and a mass of data, along with summary accounts and popular reports. Please trawl the following project headlines for further details:Clifton TerminusFollowing geophysical survey, a large excavation on 12 hectares of the Clifton Terminus Park & Ride facility revealed an important portion of prehistoric landscape with activity from the Mesolithic through to the Middle Iron Age. Important finds include a large early enclosure, pit alignments, the remains of a Bronze Age burial mound and Iron Age settlement activity.A poster summary of this work will be uploaded here shortly.The full grey literature monograph for this project, along with a shorter final report is in preparation and will be uploaded here in due course.Lenton Priory A large excavation of a deeply stratified site within the grounds of the former Lenton Priory (now demolished) revealed a fascinating sequence of activity dating from the late 11th century through to the 17th century. Important finds included 11th century boundary ditches contained preserved leather artefacts and the 14th to 16th century site of the Lenton Priory market or fair rich in artefacts. Re-routing of a cable also allowed TPA to look at the cloister and transept of the priory church which was previously thought to be destroyed.A poster summary of this work will be uploaded here shortly.The full grey literature monograph for this project, along with a shorter final report is in preparation and will be uploaded here in due course.University BoulevardWatching brief identified preserved timbers of medieval to post-medieval date and buried peat horizons. Percussion cores of the buried peat horizons have produced environmental remains that have been scientifically dated to the Late Neolithic or Early Bronze Age. At this time, the University Boulevard area was a marshy area comprising numerous watery islands. Previously Bronze Age votive finds have found by antiquarians here and the results of our work have provided a landscape context for these finds for the first time.Beeston Historic CoreExtensive watching briefs within Beeston have identified a wide range of features from Victorian slum-houses, church walls and burials through to medieval pits and ditches around the Church and manor house on Middle Street.
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