Waste Transfer Site, Land off Addison Way, Bramford Rd
Great Blakenham, Suffolk

Site Code
BLG 024
OASIS Number
102946
Site Type
Excavation
Period
Anglo Saxon, Medieval,
Report Number
2010_196

Summary

This post-excavation assessment report presents the evidence from an archaeological evaluation and subsequent excavation on the site of a proposed Waste Transfer Facility, located to the west of Bramford Road, Great Blakenham. It provides a quantification and assessment of the site archive and considers the potential of the data to address specific research questions. The significance of the data is assessed and recommendation for further analysis and publication made.

Evidence of prehistoric activity in the area was represented by a small assemblage of worked flint and the occasional sherd of pottery, although no features were dated to this period. Small quantities of pottery of a Saxon date were also recovered.

The majority of the evidence dated from the 11th to 14th centuries, the features being mainly ditches, postholes and pits. It is apparent that these features represent elements of a small low-mid status medieval rural settlement. The ditches appear be land divisions probably to the rear of properties which fronted onto Bramford Road to the east. Within the four centuries of occupation a notable change within the field boundaries was identified , possibly occurring during the 13th century.

During the 14th century the site was totally abandoned. There was no evidence for any later medieval or post-medieval activity in the vicinity.