Liberty Village, RAF Lakenheath
Eriswell, Suffolk

Site Code
ERL 143, 147, 148, 203
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Site Type
Neolithic, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Roman, Anglo Saxon,
Report Number


A programme of archaeological fieldwork, consisting of five phases of trial trench evaluation, three open area excavations and associated monitoring took place from 2005 to 2008, prior to and during the substantial redevelopment of the Liberty Village housing estate at RAF Lakenheath.

The earliest main phase of activity consisted of a funerary complex consisting of two Early Bronze Age ring ditches, set c.60m apart, and associated inhumation burials. The first contained a central grave with the remains of four individuals, all women and children. A substantial phase of Late Iron Age activity was seen 250m to the west of these monuments and primarily consisted of several pit groups and occasional ditches. The main group was a dense cluster of some seventy pits occupying an area c.15m across.

The two Bronze Age barrows are presumed to have survived as visible monuments throughout the Roman period and into the Anglo-Saxon period where one became a focus for a phase of Middle Saxon burial activity consisting of seven inhumation burials. Four of these were inserted into the eastern side of the barrow, the rest in the backfilled ditch.