Lavenham Road test pitting

A recently undertaken magnetometer survey of an area of land off Lavenham Road, Ipswich, revealed a number of positive responses. It has been speculated that in the light of previous discoveries in the local area these responses may be due to the presence of cremation burials. In order to test this supposition a sample number of the positive responses were examined through the excavation of hand dug test-pits. …

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West Row Primary School

An archaeological evaluation was carried out on a part of the playing field at West Row Primary School, Mildenhall, Suffolk, in advance of a planning application for a new double classroom unit …

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Street Farm

A trial trenched evaluation revealed the remains of a ring-ditch that extended partly into the site area. This is likely to be part of a prehistoric burial mound that has been ploughed flat. The ring-ditch was 3m wide and over 1.2m in depth. No cremations, graves or other deposits were found associated with this feature in the site area …

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Land at 36, The Street

Archaeological monitoring of groundwork associated with the construction of a single dwelling on land at 36, The Street, Cavenham, revealed a further section of a rectangular shaped clay-lined pit that had been partly exposed and recorded during a preceding evaluation. Despite this additional exposure, the full extent of the feature was not established and no conclusive evidence for its possible purpose was recovered although a probable interpretation is that it was the remains domestic bread oven. A small group of unstratified pottery sherds were collected from the vicinity of this feature, which comprised pieces dating from the late medieval through to the early post-medieval periods …

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63-66 Cannon Street

A small archaeological strip map and sample was carried out prior to the construction of two houses on land between 63 and 66 Cannon Street, in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk …

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Land west of Church Farm, Naughton Road

An archaeological excavation was carried out in advance of the construction of a small housing estate on land to the west of Church Farm, Naughton Road, Whatfield, which revealed a series of features interpreted as pits, postholes and gullies associated with a single house plot located on the edge of the village of Whatfield. Evidence in the form of foundation slots suggests a single building measuring approximately 13.5m by 4.9m. A number of post-holes and other slots are also present which are probably related to alterations and repairs to this structure. Pottery recovered from the features suggests the site was relatively short lived with occupation being limited to the 11th century only …

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Ropers Farm

Archaeological monitoring was carried out at Ropers Farm, Mendlesham, as a condition of a planning consent to build a cart lodge. Two ditches were observed in the machine excavated footings, one of which contained a fragment of a 15th-16th century jug handle …

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Pig Pail Sluice, Orford Ness

In conjunction with the undertaking of works to repair flood defences on Orford Ness, Orford, Suffolk, archaeological monitoring of the excavation of borrows pits and an English Heritage Level 1 building recording of a drainage sluice was carried out. Orford Ness, an elongated shingle spit on the Suffolk coast, has seen intense military activity throughout much of the 20th century being the site of an early airfield, a WWI prisoner of war camp, and a test range for an assortment of ballistic testing and other military experiments …

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Green Garth, Mill Street

An archaeological evaluation by trial trenching was carried out at land next to Green Garth, Mill Street, Middleton in Suffolk. The evaluation assessed 5% of a small vacant land plot covering 0.38ha for archaeological evidence. The works consisted of five trenches but found little evidence of archaeological deposits, other than a 0.5m thick colluvial layer which contained sparse finds from multiple periods including three pieces of medieval pottery, post-medieval Ceramic Building Material and one piece of prehistoric struck flint. Most finds from this layer are most likely residual with the majority of the material most likely to be deposited from disturbance in the area in the post-medieval period …

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