Land southeast of Bury St Edmunds

An archaeological evaluation carried out on c. 59ha of arable farmland situated across the River Lark valley in the parishes of Bury St Edmunds and Nowton, Suffolk, identified deposits dating to the prehistoric and early Anglo-Saxon periods …

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Lodge Road

In advance of a potential housing development , a 5% archaeological evaluation was conducted by trial trenching. The most fruitful area for archaeological remains was within the centre of the site towards the eastern edge (Trench 7). Here pits, post-holes and a gully were detected, preserved under a deposit of colluvium (hillwash). The majority of the features were likely to be of late medieval to post-medieval date, with the gully feature yielding a gold posy ring of the 18th century. Soil samples taken from the same feature indicate that primary smithing was happening in the vicinity as attested by the presence of small droplets of slag, hammerscale and ferrous spheroids. The Ordnance Survey maps of the late 19th century show that this area was close to a dovecot and a saw pit so that semi-industrial and other village activity probably extended into this area during the post-medieval period …

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110-112, Handford Road (former Three Jolly Sailors PH)

An archaeological excavation was carried out in advance of the construction of a retail store at 110-112, Handford Road, Ipswich. A total area of c.100m2 was mechanically stripped under archaeological supervision revealing a number of pits or possible postholes. The majority were undated but a group of three large features were interpreted as post holes, which could potentially be part of a large building, contained Roman material dated to the mid 2nd to mid 3rd century. To the north of this, a group of four undated features mark the corners of a regular rectangle on a similar alignment. These may represent a second, albeit smaller, structure that is probably contemporary although the possibility of it being an earlier, Iron Age four-post structure cannot be entirely ruled out. A large multi-period site (HER ref. IPS 280), which includes Late Iron Age, Roman and Anglo-Saxon occupation, lies some 25m to the south. The two possible buildings recorded on this site appear to be respecting the projected line of a palisade that was excavated on the IPS 280 site suggesting a north-eastwards extension of the Roman activity …

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Land off Thelnetham Road

An archaeological evaluation involving the excavation of twenty trenches took place at Land off Thelnetham Road, Hopton prior to a planning application for development of the site for housing. The trenches revealed areas of modern disturbance and a single post-medieval ditch …

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'WWII Uncovered' coastal survey (a Touching the Tide project)

Coastal erosion is active in the county of Suffolk and sites and objects of WWII interest are regularly being exposed. Many are already known and even recorded, but others are previously unknown assets which, following exposure, are at risk of loss or damage without adequate record. In an attempt to quantify the number of potential sites currently being exposed three sample areas of the coast were rapidly surveyed at Bawdsey, Sizewell and Walberswick. The results of the survey and the accrued base-line data was also used to identify sites/assets liable to be under threat from coastal erosion over the coming decades and to test the accuracy of existing records. The work was commissioned by Touching the Tide with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Crown Estate …

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Foxborough Rd

An archaeological evaluation by trial trenching was undertaken across fields forming a proposed development site adjacent to Foxborough Road, Lowestoft. In total eighteen trenches, each of c.30m length, were dug. Ground conditions were very wet with many of the trenches filling with water. …

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Aldhurst Farm

Seven trenches were excavated on land at Aldhurst Farm, Leiston, in order to characterise the date, nature and extent of potential archaeology prior to the creation of a wetland habitat. In addition, the trenches were positioned in order to identify the interface between dry land and former wetland …

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