This report summarises the
results of the Work Phase of the archaeological evaluation carried
out by the West Essex Archaeological Group and the Wanstead
Parklands Community Project on Wanstead Park, Epping Forest in the
London Borough of Redbridge.
The programme of work was
initiated by the Wanstead Park Community Project with the support of
the West Essex Archaeological Group. The overall aim of the
project was to increase the knowledge af the archaeology of the
Plain; an open area on the south side of Wanstead park. It was also
hoped to be able to add further knowledge regarding the whereabouts
in the Park of a Roman villa, suggested by the discovery in 1715 of
a lavish mosaic. Relevant licences were received, on application,
from the City of London and work has been carried out intermittently
An initial work Phase of
geophysics was carried out in 2007-8 over the Plain.
Magnetometery and Ground Penetrating Radar surveys were carried out
in unison and the results revealed an active archaeological
landscape beneath the surface of the Plain. Geological formations
were also identified. An auger survey complemented the geophysical
survey. This was carried out by the Museum of London Archaeology
Interpretation of the
geophysical results was hampered by a lack of knowledge of the
depths of the archaeological remains in other areas of the Plain.
Therefore, six evaluation trenches were excavated in 2008 at various
locations. These revealed the nature of the natural geology as well
as indicating the presence of cut features, of pre-Roman date.
All of these features were seen in section only.
A further limited programme
of evaluation trenches was carried out in 2009 to examine
archaeological features in a plan order to assess survival of
archaeological deposits. These reveal a ditch of late Iron Age or
Roman date as well as a number of linear Roman features.
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