Monument record IKL 031 - Camp Close, Icklingham Plains. (Med)

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1911: "In a field called Camp Close, is a slightly raised plateau with a scarp of 3 ft, representing a site of a camp denuded of its defences.


Grid reference Centred TL 7601 7319 (282m by 294m) (Centred on)
Map sheet TL77SE


Type and Period (3)

Full Description

1911: "In a field called Camp Close, is a slightly raised plateau with a scarp of 3 ft, representing a site of a camp denuded of its defences. Numerous evidence of early occupation abound in its neighbourhood" (S1). 1970: "C14 pottery from ditched enclosure, probably house site" (S2)(R1). Found by Michael Lindsey in October 1970.
1977: Earthworks comprising a sub-rectangular banked enclosure 58m N to S by 40m transversely, situated on raised ground under rough pasture. Bank has a maximum height of 0.6m. Remains of a series of slighter & smaller enclosures to W (S3).
1989: Site visited when an electricity cable trench was dug adjacent to the east side of the enclosure, 15/16 November 1989. Enclosure stands on the edge of a terrace which dips to the south to low-lying land bordering the River Lark. The earthwork is most distinct on the northern side, where there is a surviving bank upto half a metre in height. The interior of the enclosure is not entirely level and at the sotuhern end there is a distinct linear bank, partially bisected by a modern vehicle track, aligned on the long axis of the enclosure. Two sherds of part-glazed pottery, ? C15-C16 were found in the interior. One possibility is that this is a rabbit warren enclosure with a burrow bank, late Med in date (S4).
To the west of the enclosure are traces of other enclosures or field boundaries.
See also BA.

Sources/Archives (7)

  • --- Cartographic materials: Hodskinson. Hodskinson map, 1783. outline shown on hodskinson map & plan of military encampment, Cavenham Heath 1779.
  • <R1> Bibliographic reference: Suffolk Institute of Archaeology. Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology. PSIA, 32, 1970, (1).
  • <M1> Unpublished document: Suffolk Archaeological Service. Parish file. Parish file: sketch map of earthworks, 1989.
  • <S1> Bibliographic reference: 1911. VCH Suffolk 1. 590.
  • <S2> Museum Record Card: Ipswich Museum. IPSMG card. IPSMG, card Icklingham Med.
  • <S3> Index: OS. OS Card. OS, card TL77SE50.
  • <S4> (No record type): Martin, E.A.. Martin E, November 1989.

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Mar 5 2015 10:53AM

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