Monument record MDR4397 - Neolithic pits, and medieval and post-medieval occupation, Castle Street, Melbourne

Type and Period (3)

  • (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD)
  • (Neolithic - 4000 BC to 2351 BC)
  • (Medieval to Post Medieval - 1066 AD to 1900 AD)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Full Description

Excavations between the abbatoir and county fire station, Castle Street, Melbourne (SK 389253), in advance of factory development, were carried out by the D.O.E. in 1973 to ascertain whether there had been any medieval or earlier occupation. The earliest features found were two shallow Neolithic pits, one containing sherds of a late Neolithic vessel with cord-impressed decoration and three fragments of quartzite, apparently from an axehead. A V-shaped ditch of uncertain date, running north-west to south-east, may have been a drainage ditch for a medieval fish pond. A wall foundation trench running parallel to, and below the present pavement of Castle Street may be medieval. Post- medieval intrusions were also revealed and a variety of unstratified medieval and post-medieval pottery recovered. The finds are in Derby Museum. (1-3)

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <1> Article in serial: Courtney, T (NDAC). 1976. 'Excavations at Melbourne, Derbyshire, 1973', Derbyshire Archaeological Journal. Volume 96, pp 62-69. Vo. 76, pp. 62-9.
  • <2> Bibliographic reference: Courtney, T (Department of the Environment). 1973. Department of the Environment Archaeological Excavations.
  • <3> Article in serial: Moore, C N and Cummins, W A. 1974. 'Petrological Identification of Stone Implements from Derbyshire and Leicestershire', Proceedings of the Prehistoric Society. Volume 40, pp 59-78. p. 72.
  • <4> Index: TPAT. 2247. 2247.



Grid reference Centred SK 388 252 (81m by 32m) (Approximate)

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Related Events/Activities (1)

  • EDR68

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Record last edited

Nov 6 2017 10:59AM

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