Batemans Barn, South Elmham Hall

A programme of conservation and modification to Batemans Barn, a building forming part of the South Elmham Hall moated complex, a Scheduled Ancient Monument, required archaeological recording. Examination of the flint and mortar walls incorporated in the existing building confirmed their medieval date and identified constructional features (lift-lines), but no architectural detail. Later phases of patching, rebuilding and surface treatments were also recorded. Monitoring of two trenches excavated by the contractors, one to the west of the barn and one inside, failed to identify any archaeological deposits …

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Fengate Drove

Excavation confirmed the presence of a substantial boundary ditch on the county border between Norfolk and Suffolk at Fengate Drove, Brandon. The ditch was recut several times, gradually shifting several metres to the north, with the final phase closely matching the modern boundary. The final stages of its infilling appear to have been in the late medieval/post-medieval period but material dating evidence was very limited. By the late 19th century only a belt of trees and possible fenceline marked the boundary …

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Drainage improvement works, Melford Hall

Monitoring of the trenches excavated for the installation of new drains at Melford Hall, Long Melford demonstrated that archaeological deposits associated with the earlier medieval buildings and occupation survive on the site. Evidence of structural features, probable pits and occupation layers were recorded and indicate that the extent of this activity seems to coincide fairly precisely with the footprint of the present hall and service yard. This supports the theory that the
current hall was built over the site of the previous medieval manorhouse. …

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Land holdings of the Suffolk Wildlife Trust at Upper Hollesley Common

A map, aerial photographic and landscape survey was completed on land at Hollesley Common, owned and managed by the Suffolk Wildlife Trust. This work identified previously unknown earthworks relating to two periods, with sites relating to activity from the 1st and 2nd World Wars seen to overlie earlier features of a medieval and post medieval date. …

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Euston Farm Reservoir

An archaeological impact assessment was undertaken as a result of a proposal to build a new reservoir within the Euston Estate at Sapiston. An examination of the County Sites and monuments Record (SMR) entries, aerial photographs and readily available cartographic and documentary material was made of both the area of the reservoir and the route of its associated pipeline. …

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