Site Event/Activity record ESF21857 - Evaluation and excavation, Farm Reservoir at Rushmere Hall, Rushmere, Suffolk

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Location Farm Reservoir at Rushmere Hall
Grid reference Centred TM 4898 8761 (182m by 168m)
Map sheet TM48NE



John Newman Archaeological Services


Not recorded.



PROJECT DETAILS Rushmere, site to north-west of Rushmere Hall (RMR 014, TM 4898 8762) evaluation trenching in 2011 at the site of a proposed agricultural reservoir close to a recorded scatter of Roman period pottery sherds recorded two small ditches dated by pottery finds to the earlier Roman period and a small complex of quarry pits which follow-up excavation work in 2012 confirmed as being of Post medieval date though containing residual Roman period finds. The area of the two ditches identified in the evaluation was also examined in more detail in 2012 with the stripping of an area of some 960m2 allowing further investigation of these features though no more features were revealed. The pottery assemblage recovered from the site included a moderate number of samian sherds in addition to more locally produced wares, but no evidence of any Iron Age period activity and only two or three of the latter type hinting at 3rd or 4th century activity. However a metal detector search did recover two copper alloy coins of 4th century date from an area just to the south of the proposed reservoir site in addition to a copper alloy 'bell-stud' type terminal. Very few post Roman period finds were recovered from the site with the bulk of this group being of Post medieval date and indicative of the site being peripheral to any nearby areas of more intense medieval or later activity. Project status: Complete Yes, Validated Yes Previous/Future Work: Previous Yes, Future Not known Associated Identifiers: HER event no. RMR 014 NMR No. 1569656 Project Type: Field evaluation Development Type: Farm infrastructure (e.g. barns, grain stores, equipment stores, etc.) Methods and Techniques: ''''Sample Trenches'''' Position in the Planning Process: Pre-application Reason for Investigation: Agricultural notification Site status: None Current Land use: Cultivated Land 2 - Operations to a depth less than 0.25m Monument Type(s)/Period(s): DITCH Roman, QUARRY PIT Post Medieval Artefact Type(s)/Period(s): POTTERY Post Medieval , COIN Roman, TILE Roman, POTTERY Roman PROJECT LOCATION Area 23800.00 Square metres Grid Reference: TM48988762 Point Height 9.00 - 10.00 metres PROJECT CREATOR(S) Brief originator: Local Authority Archaeologist and/or Planning Authority/advisory body Design originator: John Newman Director/Manager: John Newman Supervisor: John Newman DIGITAL ARCHIVE Recipient: Suffolk CC Archaeological Service Contents: 'Ceramics', 'Metal' Media: 'Images raster / digital photography', 'Text' PAPER ARCHIVE Recipient: Suffolk CC Archaeological Service Contents: 'Ceramics', 'Metal' Media: 'Context sheet', 'Plan', 'Report', 'Section' PHYSICAL ARCHIVE Recipient: Suffolk CC Archaeological Service Contents: 'Ceramics', 'Metal' BIBLIOGRAPHY Publication Type: Grey literature (unpublished document/manuscript) Title: Farm Reservoir at Rushmere Hall, Rushmere, Suffolk- Archaeological Evaluation and Excavation Report Author(s)/Editor(s): Newman, J Date: 2012 Issuer/Publisher: John Newman Archaeological Services Place of Issue or Publication: Henley, Suffolk Description: Loose bound client report

Sources/Archives (1)

  • --- Unpublished document: Newman, J.. 2012. Archaeological Evaluation and excavation Report, Farm Reservoir at Rushmere Hall, Rushmere, Suffolk.

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

  • Farm Reservoir at Rushmere Hall, Rushmere, Suffolk (Monument)

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Jul 20 2022 11:39AM

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