Manson House, Northgate Street

Evaluation trenching in the grounds of Manson House revealed archaeological deposits in two areas both fronting onto Cotton Lane with one at its junction with Pump Lane. An east-west ditch was identified along Cotton Lane that contained animal bone but was otherwise undated; the lack of ceramic finds could be an indication that the area was not settled and therefore the ditch could be early medieval in date although this was speculation. The trench at the junction of Pump Lane and Cotton Lane included a spread of occupation debris that was dated to the 12th to 13th century and was sealed by layers of gravel and post-medieval deposits …

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Land adjoining the former Smokehouse Inn

The archaeological excavation of 1.3ha of former farmland at Beck Row, Mildenhall has identified extensive evidence of multi-period activity continuing southwards from MNL 502, an Iron Age and Roman site excavated in 1999 (EAA Occasional Paper 20), that principally relates to a widespread system of Iron Age and Roman enclosures and domestic and agricultural activity. …

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Flixton Quarry Extension

Archaeological evaluation by trial trenching was carried out prior to the submission of a planning application for an extension to Flixton Park Quarry, Flixton, in order to assess the archaeological potential of the site …

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Old Auction Rooms

An archaeological monitoring was carried out during the excavation of footings trenches at the Auction Rooms Clare. The trenching revealed that the road frontage was heavily disturbed by previous building work and any occupation levels had been removed by the existing concrete floor. There was one medieval feature dated to the late 12th century, either a small pit or ditch, and two post-medieval pits within the trenching and a fourth undated feature that may have been earlier based on the fill type running beneath the party wall on the south side …

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Land adj. to Sandown, Withersfield Rd

Trial trenching in advance of residential development revealed no archaeological features or evidence of ancient land use. There was no indication that a known Roman cemetery identified in the 18th century, which lies nearby but in an unverified location, extended into this area. Occasional topsoil finds of brick fragments and white glazed pottery sherds were of likely 19th or 20th century date …

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Sewage works Road/Lincoln Road

A series of evaluation trenches was excavated along the line of Sewage Works Road, Lincoln Road at RAF Mildenhall in order to establish the impact of road refurbishment on archaeological deposits. A total of fifteen trenches were opened up; these revealed a substantial layer of reworked agricultural soil beneath the existing tarmac in most of the trenches with chalk rising to the surface at the northern end of the road. Archaeological features of Roman date were identified in Trench 9 but were c.1m below the existing road surface and below any construction works. The evaluation has provided a useful insight into the surface geology of an undeveloped area which has seen little development since the construction of the airfield …

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Ex-Crane site, Nacton Road

An archaeological evaluation was carried out within a former factory site on Nacton Road, Ipswich, in advance of the redevelopment of the site. A total of nineteen trenches were excavated, primarily in the areas of open grassland within the site although a small number were cut through existing hardstanding. Only one possibly archaeological feature, an undated pit with a charcoal rich fill, was revealed in a trench close to the Nacton Road frontage. Despite the area having been the site of an extensive industrial complex since the 1920s the original land surface was found to be relatively undisturbed in the areas sampled, indicating that the absence of archaeological features was a true reflection of the levels of historic activity within the site rather than a result of later activity …

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Hollow Road Farm

A single trench evaluation and subsequent strip and map were carried out on land at Hollow Road Farm, Fornham St Martin, in advance of the construction of a new barn. The evaluation phase of the project first identified two north-south aligned ditches and a single pit with the strip and map then identifying a collection of archaeological features concentrated towards the east end of the site …

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