Monument record IKL 033 - Horselands Field (Rom)

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1971: Lead tank with Chi-Rho symbols containing iron door fittings etc.


Grid reference Centred TL 7828 7193 (56m by 55m)
Map sheet TL77SE


Type and Period (6)

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1971: Lead tank with Chi-Rho symbols containing iron door fittings etc., and melted down lead including lug, found by (see 'Not to be published on web' tab for finder/s and/or findspot/s) with a metal detector. Subsequent small excavation around the tank by S E West (S1)(S2)(S3)(S4). Further details in (S5) and archive. For further lead tank from Horselands Field see IKL 034.
Autumn 1974: Excavations around site of 1971 lead tank disclosed a late Rom, possibly Christian, inhumation cemetery on an earlier Rom (probably C2) site. "The pre-cemetery evidence included a large pit filled with rubble, evidently from an important building, six human skulls and a stone pillar. A thick layer of chalk then preceded the use of the area as a cemetery. Three buildings were strung across the site; the most easterly included the remains of a small, tile-built `apse' (claimed as church by some) associated with the lead tank. Of the forty five inhumations in the cemetery, one was contained in a stone coffin and three showed evidence suggesting 'shackle lesions', suggesting possible slavery (S5, 103-125). The evidence suggests that the cemetery was Christian, in use from circa 350, and that two of the buildings and the lead tank were associated with the cemetery". Further details in excavation archive & (S5). For continuation of cemetery, see IKL 017 & 063.
Within scheduled area (S7).
Also BA, IA & Sax.

Sources/Archives (12)

  • <S1> (No record type): West Dr S E.
  • <M1> (No record type): In 1971 Excavation archive:.
  • <S2> (No record type): Photo, SAU ASM 19, 1971.
  • <M2> (No record type): In 1974 Excavation archive:.
  • <M3> (No record type): SAM file:.
  • <S3> Bibliographic reference: Suffolk Institute of Archaeology. Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology. Archaeol in Suff, 1971, PSIA, 32, 1971, (2), 209.
  • <S4> (No record type): Brittannia.
  • <M4> (No record type): Photographs: BUZ 4-48, BWS 3-18 & see photo index.
  • <S5> (No record type): West S E & Plouviez J, EAA, 3, 1976, 63-126, (ill).
  • <M5> Unpublished document: Suffolk Archaeological Service. Parish file. Parish file: correspondence, list of loans to BSEMH.
  • <S6> Index: OS. OS Card. OS, card TL77SE18.
  • <S7> Unpublished document: Department of the Environment. Scheduling information.

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Jun 26 2009 9:58AM

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