Lowestoft South Beach - Urgent Coastal Protection Works (Phase 2)

Archaeological monitoring of excavations associated with the Lowestoft South Beach Urgent Coastal Protection Works, Phase 2, were undertaken during July and August 2015. A number of areas of beach were mechanically lowered to facilitate the construction of a series large rock structures and this work was observed by trained archaeologists in order to recover and record any archaeological evidence that may be exposed. In the event only recently reworked sand beach deposits were encountered, no earlier remains of any period were identified and no artefacts were recovered. A digital photographic record of the works underway was compiled …

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St Marys Cottage, The Street

An archaeological evaluation consisting of a single trench located over the proposed new development footings within the existing garden of St Mary's Cottage identified evidence of post-medieval and modern activity with features mostly relating to landscaping of the area for garden uses …

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Fullers Field, Swan Lane

An archaeological evaluation by trial trenching assessed 5% of two small paddocks covering c.1.0ha for archaeological evidence. The works consisted of nine trenches spread across the site to sample all areas of the development. The works found little evidence of archaeological features with one post-medieval to modern pit found in Trench 1, a post-medieval to modern ditch seen in Trenches 1 and 5 and various geological features seen in Trenches 2, 8 and 9 …

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Extension at 40 College Street

Archaeological monitoring of footings at 80 College Street, Bury St Edmunds revealed two large intercutting refuse pits, likely to be of early Victorian origin, and two smaller undated pits (one of which may be medieval). A small but interesting assemblage of mid to late Victorian pipes, which included a high proportion of decorated and marked pipes, was found, in conjunction with a mixture of everyday plates, cups, bowls and dishes, and a few more exceptional vessels. which provide an insight into the life of the former householders. …

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Half Moon Pub

Phases of evaluation and excavation fieldwork were carried out prior to the constructionof new housing at the site of the former Half Moon pub in Lakenheath, Suffolk. The site lies towards the northern end of Lakenheath village, flanked by the High Street to the east and by drained fenland to the west …

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Land Adjacent to Meadow Court House

A single trench was excavated on land adjacent to Meadow Court House, in Stanton, Suffolk. This revealed two post-medieval walls and an associated 18th-19th century brick floor, thought to be the remains of buildings recorded on 19th and early 20th century Ordnance Survey maps. A chalk floor/screed layer was also recorded, which appeared to have truncated the original topsoil. No finds were recovered …

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Coltsfoot Road

An archaeological evaluation was carried out on the 17th January 2013 on land at former lock up garages adjacent to 1 Coltsfoot Road, Ipswich. Two c.11m long trenches were excavated. Two incised archaeological features were recorded, a modern pit and a large ditch in excess of 7.5m wide and over 1.4m deep. The ditch coincides with the northern side of a discrete enclosure on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Edition Ordnance Survey maps of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. While clearly surviving into the 20th century, there was no evidence recovered during the evaluation to indicate when the feature was originally excavated. The interpretation of this feature remains uncertain, but a moated building platform, possibly of medieval date cannot entirely be ruled out …

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Ipswich: The Icehouse, Holywells Park

A small scale excavation on the suspected location of an icehouse within Holywells Park, Ipswich, was undertaken by members of the Friends of Holywells Park. The main aim was to confirm if an icehouse was present on this site and, if discovered, make a basic assessment of its current condition with a view to possible restoration. Two roughly rectangular test pits were excavated which revealed a circular brick structure, approximately 4m in diameter, parts of a covering brick dome and a short brick built tunnel, all of which are undoubtedly parts of a 19th century icehouse. The structure appears to be complete and in relatively good condition although a hole has been broken through the roof and the interior filled with soil …

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Church Field

Three evaluation trenches were excavated on Church Field, Rede, in Suffolk. These revealed three ditches and two pits, which were all well preserved below differing levels of topsoil and subsoil. One of the ditches was probably medieval, producing 12th-14th century pottery, as well as animal bone and fired clay. Another of the ditches was a roadside feature that was backfilled with post-medieval material, whilst the third was undated. Of the two large pits, only one was dated, producing post-medieval tile. The other contained no finds …

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