thanks to all who replied to this. Very useful!
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From: "Helen Holderness" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Tuesday, July 11, 2006 9:50 AM
Subject: Re: [BRITARCH] medieval road surfaces
> Digging at Canterbury a few years back on the WhitefriarsBig Dig I
> a medieval road that had a very similar matrix - very compact fine and
> medium gravels overlying a dark slag and organic layer. Complete with
> ruts and some of the most amazing potholes: you could see where the
> road users had patched it where it had slumped into earlier (Roman and
> Saxon) pits.
> Below this road was a Saxon road that was in even better condition and
> utilised loads of Roman building materials as well as the more usual
> and other stones.
> In the second phase of the dig we also found the orignial 'Gravel Walk'
> which was again a medieval road way with ruts and everything and again it
> was compacts gravels and stones.
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