Somerton Care Home, Somerton, Somerset, 2013

An Archaeological Watching Brief at Somerton Care Home (formerly Numbers 21&25 Behind Berry Road), Somerton

An archaeological watching brief was undertaken during ground works prior to the construction of the new Somerton Care Home. This revealed archaeological evidence for a previously unrecorded Blue Lias stone quarry, probably dating from the 17th century and backfilled during the early 19th century. A stone founded wall was also recorded 12m to the south east of the quarry. In situ burning associated with rubble collapsed from this wall, suggests that a structure may have burnt down here, also during the 17th-19th centuries. A
blue Lias boundary wall was recorded on the line of a probable medieval burgage boundary, although no dating evidence was recovered for its construction. All other recorded features related to the known 20th century occupation of the site.

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