Site Event/Activity record ESF20128 - Excavation, Consolidated Support Complex, RAF Lakenheath

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Location Consolidated support complex, RAF Lakenheath
Grid reference Centred TL 7344 8049 (82m by 151m)
Map sheet TL78SW



Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service


Not recorded.



Archaeological excavations at two sites on the east side of Boston Drive at RAF Lakenheath identified extensive Middle Saxon occupation consisting of field systems, pits and a distinctive pit group. Finds of Ipswich Ware pottery and evidence from the animal bone showing food waste, butchery, milk and wool production and possibly horncore working along with the evidence of the slag for a possibly smithy suggest both domestic and industrial activity with settlement very nearby and mixed farming being carried out. Project status: Complete Yes, Validated Yes Previous/Future Work: Previous Yes, Future Not known Associated Identifiers: Sitecode ERL139 Planning Application No. F/2003/0427/GOV NMR No. 1403933 Project Type: Recording project Investigation Type: Full excavation Reason for Investigation: Direction from Local Planning Authority - PPG16 Site status: Military Base Current Land use: Grassland Heathland 3 - Disturbed, Other 3 - Built over Monument Type(s)/Period(s): POSTHOLE Early Medieval , DITCH Early Medieval , PIT Early Medieval Artefact Type(s)/Period(s): POTTERY Medieval , WORKED FLINT Early Prehistoric, LAVA QUERN Early Medieval , POTTERY Early Medieval PROJECT LOCATION Area 450.00 Square metres Grid Reference: TL73398042 Point Height 9.00 - 11.00 metres PROJECT CREATOR(S) Brief originator: Local Authority Archaeologist and/or Planning Authority/advisory body Design originator: R Carr Director/Manager: Jo Caruth Supervisor: Jo Caruth DIGITAL ARCHIVE Recipient: Suffolk County SMR Contents: Animal Bones, Ceramics, Environmental, Metal, Stratigraphic, Worked stone/lithics Media: Database, GIS, Images raster / digital photography, Images vector, Spreadsheets, Survey, Text PAPER ARCHIVE Recipient: Suffolk County SMR Contents: Metal, Stratigraphic, Animal Bones, Ceramics, Environmental Media: Context sheet, Map, Miscellaneous Material, Notebook - Excavation, Research, General Notes, Photograph, Plan, Report, Section, Unpublished Text PHYSICAL ARCHIVE Recipient: Suffolk County SMR Contents: Animal Bones, Ceramics, Environmental, Metal, Worked stone/lithics BIBLIOGRAPHY Publication Type: Grey literature (unpublished document/manuscript) Title: Archaeological Excavation Report, Consolidated Support Complex, RAF Lakenheath, ERL 116 and Family Support Complex, RAF Lakenheath, ERL 139 Author(s)/Editor(s): Caruth, J. Other Bibliographic Details: SCCAS report no. 2006/179 Date: 2006 Issuer/Publisher: SCCAS Place of Issue or Publication: Bury St Edmunds Description: Standard SCCAS excavation report, A4, spiral bound, including maps and illustrations

Sources/Archives (1)

  • --- Unpublished document: Caruth, J.. 2006. Archaeological Excavation Report, Consolidated support complex, RAF Lakenheath, ERL 116 and Family Support Complex RAF Lakenheath ERL 139.

Related Monuments/Buildings (2)

  • Consolidated support building, RAF Lakenheath, Eriswell, (Mesolithic) (Monument)
  • Consolidated support building, RAF Lakenheath, Saxon (Sax) (Monument)

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Jan 30 2020 1:27PM

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