Site Event/Activity record ESF21561 - The Examinination and reconstruction of Anglo-Saxon Bed Burial, Smythes Corner Saxon Cemetery

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Location

Location Smythes Corner Saxon Cemetery
Grid reference Centred TM 119 539 (97m by 122m)
Map sheet TM15SW
Civil Parish CODDENHAM, MID SUFFOLK, SUFFOLK

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Description

This report documents the organic material preserved by contact with metal artefacts from this seventh century cemetery. The site had been partially quarried away, but 53 inhumations remained of which 21 graves contained metalwork with mineral preserved organic material and are reported on here. This cemetery is of an early seventh century date, making it a final phase type which is transitional between pagan and Christian burial ritual and few of the burials are accompanied with grave goods. Two of the burials were placed in chambered graves: grave 157 was laid out with weapons and grave 308 contained a dismantled bed. Both these graves are discussed in detail, although the bed reconstruction has been produced as a separate report (Watson, 2006). This report covers the condition of the assemblage from Coddenham, the organic components of the weapons, personal items and the containers placed in these graves; followed by a catalogue of all the material that has been examined along with the results. Project status: Complete Yes, Validated Yes Previous/Future Work: Previous Yes, Future Not known Associated Identifiers: HER event no. CDD 050 NMR No. 1336393 Project Type: Research project Investigation Type: ''Full excavation'' Reason for Investigation: Research Monument Type(s)/Period(s): CEMETERY Early Medieval , GRAVE Early Medieval Artefact Type(s)/Period(s): WEAPONRY Early Medieval , BED BURIAL Early Medieval PROJECT LOCATION Area 1000.00 Square metres Grid Reference: TM120530 Point PROJECT CREATOR(S) Organisation: English Heritage Centre for Archaeology Brief originator: None Design originator: English Heritage Director/Manager: Jacqui Watson Supervisor: Jacqui Watson DIGITAL ARCHIVE Recipient: English Heritage Contents: 'Environmental', 'Human Bones', 'Leather', 'Metal', 'Textiles' Media: 'Images raster / digital photography', 'Survey' PAPER ARCHIVE Recipient: National Monuments Record Contents: 'Environmental', 'Human Bones', 'Leather', 'Metal', 'Textiles' Media: 'Report' PHYSICAL ARCHIVE Recipient: Shire Hall, Bury St Edmunds Contents: 'Environmental', 'Human Bones', 'Leather', 'Metal', 'Textiles' BIBLIOGRAPHIES Publication Type: Grey literature (unpublished document/manuscript) Title: The Identification of Organic Material Associated with Metalwork from the Anglo-Saxon Cemetery at Smythes Corner Author(s)/Editor(s): Watson, J. Other Bibliographic Details: 27/2006 Date: 2006 Issuer/Publisher: English Heritage Place of Issue or Publication: Portsmouth Description: A4 heat-bound report of 24pp (ISSN 1749 8775) Publication Type: Grey literature (unpublished document/manuscript) Title: Smythes Corner (Shrublands Quarry), Coddenham, Suffolk The Examination and Reconstruction of an Anglo-Saxon Bed Burial Author(s)/Editor(s): Watson, J. Other Bibliographic Details: 60/2006 Date: 2006 Issuer/Publisher: English Heritage Place of Issue or Publication: Portsmouth Description: A4 heat-bound report of 29pp (ISSN 1749 8775)

Sources/Archives (1)

  • --- Unpublished document: Watson, J.. 2006. The Examinination and reconstruction of Anglo-Saxon Bed Burial, Smythes Corner Anglo-Saxon Cemetery, Coddenham, Suffolk.

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

  • Smyes Corner, Shrubland Quarry phase 2 (Sax) (Monument)

Record last edited

Mar 26 2019 1:06PM

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