Site Event/Activity record ESF20721 - Evaluation and Borehole Survey, Old Valley Brick Pit, Foxhall Road, Ipswich, (IAS 8903).

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Location

Location Old Valley Brick Pit, Foxhall Road, Ipswich.
Grid reference Centred TM 1852 4387 (186m by 337m)
Map sheet TM14SE
Civil Parish IPSWICH, IPSWICH, SUFFOLK

Technique(s)

Organisation

Essex County Council Field Archaeology Unit

Date

Not recorded.

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Description

A geoenvironmental and archaeological investigation was carried out at the former Bull Motors and Celestion Works in advance of redevelopment, where Lower Palaeolithic remains, including 134 handaxes, had previously been recorded in a series of excavations between 1903 and 1921, when the site was a brick pit. A trial pit evaluation established that the significant Palaleolithic levels were sealed at a depth of 5m and would only be marginally affected by deep piling for the modern development. A trial trench successfully located the earlier excavation trenches, and boreholes were sunk to a depth of 6m to recover samples for geoenvironmental analysis. This established that the Palaleolithic activity took place beside a stream feeding a post-glacial lake that became filled with brickearth. The related Pleistocene deposits formed during the transition from the Anglian glacial period to the Hoxnian temperate period, and Optically Stimulate Luminescence dating gives a mean date of c. 425,000 BP. An Acheulian handaxe was found in a secondary context. Pollen did not survive and no faunal remains were recovered, but ostracods were present.

Sources/Archives (2)

  • --- Unpublished document: Allen, P.. 2007. Foxhall Road, Ipswich, Suffolk. Geoenvironmental and Archaeological Investigation. Trial Pit Evaluation and Borehole Sampling..
  • --- Bibliographic reference: M.J. White & S.J. Plunkett. 2004. Miss Layard excavates: the Palaeolithic site at Foxhall Road, Ipswich, 1903-1905.

Related Monuments/Buildings (2)

  • Old Valley Brick Pit, Foxhall Road, Ipswich, (IAS 8903). (Monument)
  • REVOKED RECORD, FOXHALL ROAD, IPSWICH. (Revoked Record)

Record last edited

Jan 10 2020 9:44AM

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