Dagenham, Essex, RM10 9EH
Tel: 0208 227 2332
Archaeological excavation of Beam Parklands discovered that the site had previously been used in the late Iron Age and Roman era for settlement.
The site was used to manufacture pottery. Two kilns were identified on site and a large range of manufactured goods were discovered in close proximity to these ovens and hearths. In total 8000 shards of Roman pottery were found including large rimmed and necked jars, bead rimmed and plain rimmed dishes and a range of lids. Some of these jars were found along with the remains of humans in a cremation cemetery.
A total of 16 graves were discovered at Beam parklands, these included those of men women and children. Each grave contained a single individual and dated between 1st Century BC and 1st Century AD. The bones of animals were also found during the survey. Analysis found that these were predominantly of cattle and horse. Unusually there was no evidence to support sheep or pigs having been amongst the grazing livestock kept during this period. Agricultural farming was also indicated with waterholes, gullies and boundaries identified to the south of the excavation site.
Mesolithic and Palaeolithic flint scatters were found along the river beam. 2348 flints were identified; some of these represented Bronze Age activity. Raw materials were recovered from one archaeological core and were dated as Neolithic. Therefore, it can be concluded that the site has been an important area for human settlement throughout the ages.
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