|Excavations at Friar Street, Reading, Berkshire|
The Oxford Archaeological Unit (OAU) carried out an excavation in August 1997 at Friar Street, Reading, on behalf of Marks and Spencer plc, in advance of the proposed extension of the existing Marks and Spencer store onto the site of the former Woolwich Building Society premises.
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A preliminary archaeological evaluation uncovered early post-medieval structures and a hearth that was possibly medieval. The results suggested that, although the site had been heavily disturbed, it was likely that medieval or earlier deposits could survive in undisturbed areas. The subsequent excavation revealed a succession of hearths, with associated structures, dating from the 13th century through to the post-medieval period.