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2012, Archaeological Research Services Ltd., Zone 3 - Dogger Bank, Creyke Beck Archaeological Evaluation

2012, Archaeological Research Services Ltd., Zone 3 - Dogger Bank, Creyke Beck Archaeological Evaluation

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In September 2012 Archaeological Research Services Ltd was commissioned by URS Infrastructure and 
Environment UK Ltd  to undertake an archaeological  evaluation along a proposed  onshore  cable  route 
from Dogger Bank Creyke Beck to the village of Ulrome, East Yorkshire. The evaluation was carried 
out prior to ground works for a cable route connecting two offshore wind farms to the National Grid at 
Creyke Beck. The first phase of the evaluation consisted of a total of 14 evaluation trenches targeted to 
specific geophysical anomalies at 11  sites between Ulrome and Cottingham. A  further 11  sites may be 
investigated during 2013. 
 
The  targeted  trial  trenching  excavations  for  the  first  phase  of  the  project  revealed  several  features with 
archaeological  significance,  the most  important  of  which  was  a  ditch  containing Roman  pottery.  This 
trench was located within Site 20 in the village of Beeford, an area in which there was previously no solid 
evidence of Roman activity. Potential medieval  remains were also uncovered at  the village of Ulrome at 
Site 21; however only a single small fragment of pottery was found and therefore minimal conclusions can 
be drawn from this without further excavation. Many of the trenches did not yield archaeological remains, 
and this may be due to these areas being part of the Humber Wetlands up until the 18th century, when 
large-scale drainage was undertaken. Habitation of these wetland areas was intermittent until this point, 
and therefore the amount of archaeological remains present is likely to be less. Further excavation of areas 
that showed archaeological features is recommended prior to major work, with continuous archaeological 
monitoring recommended for all other sites.

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