Throughout the latter half of 2013, OA North was engaged in a programme of strip, map and record for Birse Civils on behalf of East Riding of Yorkshire County Council on the 3.5km-long Beverley Southern Relief Road. Many of the features uncovered comprised networks of field and enclosure systems, some of which were found to be quite substantial and contained small amounts of pottery in the local Iron Age tradition. One ditch, though, produced a fragment of a blue and colourless glass bangle dating from the 1st to early 2nd century AD.

Post-built structures were identified in at least five locations. Several of these, complete with ring gullies, appear to be the remains of typical domestic roundhouses. Other groups of postholes may be the remains of rectilinear, rather than circular, structures. This activity may be the remains of one, or perhaps a few, short-lived farmsteads that moved around the landscape from generation to generation.

Representing a more long-term investment in the landscape, however, were at least five square barrows and two round barrows. Square barrows are arguably the most characteristic monuments of the Iron Age of East Yorkshire, though the concentration from the Southern Relief Road is low compared with the classic cemeteries on the Yorkshire Wolds. Four of the barrows contained crouched inhumations, but no obvious grave goods.


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