West Row Primary School
Mildenhall, Suffolk

Site Code
MNL 637
OASIS Number
105425
Site Type
Excavation
Period
Roman, Post Medieval,
Report Number
2011_083

Summary

Archaeological excavation and monitoring were carried out on the playground and sports field at West Row Primary School, Mildenhall, Suffolk. The work revealed well preserved and intensive use of the site throughout the Roman period, indicated by a large quarry pit and a poorly surviving soil layer, both of which contained large quantities of pottery and animal bone, as well as CBM, fired clay, quernstone, iron nails, marine shells, and other material. There were also several smaller late Roman pits/small linear features. Roman coins were found scattered over both areas of the fieldwork. The finds, as well as the environmental samples indicated that it is likely that many agricultural and food processing tasks were occurring nearby, possibly to supply the local villa, although it is thought that a domestic structure of some importance is also likely to have been located close to or on the site.

Other features included two ditches which were probably post-medieval and are likely to have been part of the fenland agricultural drainage works in the area.