Site Event/Activity record ESF22213 - Excavation, Medieval settlement activity on land at Freckenham Road, Worlington, Suffolk

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Location Freckenham Road
Grid reference Centred TL 688 734 (62m by 52m)
Map sheet TL67SE



Oxford Archaeology East


Not recorded.



PROJECT DETAILS The excavation revealed the presence of settlement-related activity from the medieval period, spanning approximately 400 years. Although there was no certain presence of houses, the waste material from pits, representing disposal of accidentally burnt food products, meal refuse such as mussel shell and other domestic kitchen waste along with fuel from domestic hearths as well as charred grains, would all indicate that settlement must be located close by. The discovery of settlement activity is of no surprise given the site's position on the very edge of the village. However, previous investigations closer to the present settlement core have also failed to identify any structures, or any more significant remains than this most recent excavation. Pottery recovered during the excavation confirms the presence of remains predominantly from the 12th-14th century, however three distinct phases were noted representing approximately 400 years of settlement on, or within,. close proximity of the site starting from the 11th century. Ditches from all phases recorded continuing beyond the northern edge of the excavation area would suggest further archaeological remains may be located to the immediate north. There were three ditches, three pits and a number of postholes which could not be dated or attributed to a particular phase either by finds, association or stratigraphic relationship. These features are mostly isolated and the inability to assign them to any phase would not affect the overall interpretation of the site. Project status: Complete Yes, Validated Yes Previous/Future Work: Previous No, Future No Associated Identifiers: HER event no. WGN049 Related HER No. WGN041 NMR No. 1579730 Project Type: Field evaluation Development Type: Rural residential Methods and Techniques: ''''Visual Inspection'''', ''''Targeted Trenches'''' Position in the Planning Process: Not known / Not recorded Reason for Investigation: Direction from Local Planning Authority - PPS Monument Type(s)/Period(s): POSTHOLES Uncertain, DRANAGE DITCHES Medieval , PITS Medieval Artefact Type(s)/Period(s): POTTERY Medieval PROJECT LOCATION Area 0 Hectares Grid Reference: TL688734 Point PROJECT CREATOR(S) Brief originator: Jess Tipper, Suffolk County Council Design originator: James Drummond-Murray Director/Manager: James Drummond-Murray Supervisor: Taleyna Fletcher DIGITAL ARCHIVE Recipient: Oxford Archaeology East ID: WGN049 Contents: 'Animal Bones', 'Ceramics', 'Environmental', 'Metal', 'Survey', 'Worked stone/lithics' Media: 'Database', 'GIS', 'Images raster / digital photography', 'Images vector', 'Survey', 'Text' PAPER ARCHIVE Recipient: Suffolk County Stores ID: WGN049 Contents: 'Animal Bones', 'Ceramics', 'Environmental', 'Metal', 'Worked stone/lithics' Media: 'Context sheet', 'Correspondence', 'Drawing', 'Map', 'Photograph', 'Plan', 'Report', 'Section' PHYSICAL ARCHIVE Recipient: Suffolk County Stores ID: WGN049 Contents: 'Animal Bones', 'Ceramics', 'Environmental', 'Metal', 'Worked stone/lithics' BIBLIOGRAPHY Publication Type: Grey literature (unpublished document/manuscript) Title: Medieval Settlement Activity on Land at Freckenham Road, Worlington, Suffolk Author(s)/Editor(s): Fletcher, T. Other Bibliographic Details: OA East Report No. 1398 Date: 2013 Issuer/Publisher: OA East Place of Issue or Publication: Bar Hill Description: A4 bound report URL:

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  • --- Unpublished document: Fletcher, T.. 2013. Archaeological Excavation Report, Medieval settlement activity on land at Freckenham Road, Worlington, Suffolk.

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

  • Medieval settlement activity on land at Freckenham Road, Worlington (Monument)

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Oct 29 2013 11:07AM

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