A linear earthwork visible in this area was originally identified as being the agger of Ryknield Street Roman road, continuing, albeit on a different alignment, a second stretch of agger visible a short distance to the south-west (see SMR 32050). Both sections of earthwork were originally scheduled and both were recorded as being 5m wide and 0.75m high. (1)
A walkover survey of the site in 2003 noted that the line of the earthwork, which measured a maximum of 0.45m in height and 12m in width, was also further defined by a short avenue of trees. Ridge and furrow earthworks were identified to the south-east. (2)
Five evaluation trenches were excavated in this area in 2003 although the linear earthwork itself was not excavated. No features of archaeological interest were recorded in any of the trenches and no artefacts were recovered. It was suggested that the earthwork could represent a substantial plough headland. (3) Following this work, the scheduling was revised and the earthwork in this area was descheduled. (4)
Scheduling record: EH. 1963. Two sections of Rykneld street Roman Road West of Littleover. 23287. Cat. No. 236.
Unpublished document: Hancox, E (BUFAU). 2003. Crest Motel, Littleover, Derby, an archaeological desk-based assessment. p 6.
Unpublished document: Cherrington, R (BUFAU). 2003. Land Adjoining the Former Post House Hotel, Littleover, Derby. An Archaeological Evaluation.. Trenches 6 to 11, pp 8-12, p 16.
Scheduling record: English Heritage. 2004. Section of Rykneld Street Roman road and remains of Bronze Age cemetery at Littleover. 23287. Cat. No. 236.
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