Barsham Waterworks

An archaeological evaluation was carried out on an area of land adjacent to Barsham Water Treatment Works, Barsham, in advance of the creation of a contractors compound associated with proposed improvements to the water works. Six trenches were excavated revealing a natural subsoil that varied between yellow/orange sand and gravel to a grey boulder clay. Two ditch-type features were encountered. One contained fragments of post-medieval tile and was coincidental with a field boundary marked on an early 20th century map. No dating evidence was recovered from the other ditch although its leached sandy fill and general appearance suggested it could potentially be prehistoric in date …

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New Museum Building

A small excavation in advance of the construction of a new Museum Store at West Stow Anglo- Saxon Village identified seven Anglo-Saxon buildings, six of which were Sunken-Featured types and one which was based on earth-fast posts. These lay c.100m east of WSW002, the Anglo- Saxon settlement excavated between 1965 and 1972 which is still regarded as one of the most important settlement studies of this period. This new work has offered the opportunity to examine a group of buildings associated with the original site, but excavated under modern conditions. The subsequent analysis of the results has included some scientific techniques that were not available to the original excavators; additional evidence identified here has allowed some aspects of that site to be revisited …

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Risby Business Park

An evaluation at Risby Business Park was carried out in advance of the redevelopment of the site. A small quantity of unstratified Iron Age and medieval pottery was found but an extensive area within the centre of the site had been severely truncated by the previous development and any potential archaeological deposit was already lost …

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Chalkstone Way

An archaeological excavation in advance of housing development on land off of Chalkstone Way, Haverhill identified evidence of three phases of limited activity in the prehistoric and postmedieval periods. Prehistoric features consisted of two isolated Bronze Age pits and a scatter of Early Iron Age pits and a single ditch. The post-medieval activity consisted of a series of linear parallel ditches, thought to relate to agricultural drainage …

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Polstead Churchyard extension

An evaluation was carried out in the area of a proposed extension to Polstead Churchyard. A group of small pits, Early Bronze Age pottery and flintwork suggested a degree of settlement activity on the site and its commanding position overlooking the valley of the River Box would be typical of a prehistoric settlement. A field boundary ditch, thought to be medieval in date was also found …

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Great Green Farmhouse, Great Green

An evaluation on the edge of the medieval green at Great Green Farmhouse, Great Green, Cockfield was completed in advance of the construction of two dwellings. A pond that had been part infilled, in antiquity, with early post-medieval brick and tile rubble was sampled and produced a cylindrical, glazed red earthenware jar, dated 16th-18th century. Evidence suggested that the pond was man-made and the edge was consolidated with timber posts. The pond was part of a group of linear ponds that formed an intermittent wet boundary around the green. Evidence of out-buildings which were shown on the 1880 OS map and a undated field boundary ditch were also found …

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22 Nethergate Street

Archaeological monitoring during the excavations for a small extension at 22, Nethergate Street, Clare, identified two pits and a small assemblage of 11th-13th century pottery recovered by the builders during their work, which although not necessarily all from the pit fills, was recovered from the general area of the pits. Nethergate Street is one of the Medieval routes into Clare and the results of this monitoring indicate occupation on this site that pre-dates any of the existing buildings along this Street …

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Consolidated Comms Building RAFL renumbered from 2006/44

Excavation and monitoring work in advance of the construction of a new Consolidated Communications Building at RAF Lakenheath has identified a low density of occupation dating from the Mesolithic and up to probably the post-medieval period. However most of the activity is ephemeral and difficult to interpret. …

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39 Crown Street

Monitoring during a small development at 39, Crown Street, Bury St Edmunds, within the early medieval planned town, identified four pits, two dated as 19th century or later and two undated. Also found was a possible post-medieval flint footing indicating that a wall belonging to a small brick out-building probably extended beyond its current line. The earliest feature found was indicated by a clean silt-filled sloped edge which seemed to cut natural but underlay all other features, its clean fill suggesting that it may predate the early medieval urban occupation of the town. Its function is not known. Finds from the site were all post-medieval …

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