Monument record IPS 231 - Sproughton Road, Boss Hall Industrial Estate, (IAS 7914).

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Early Saxon mixed cremation/inhumation cemetery revealed during watching brief followed by rapid salvage excavation.


Grid reference Centred TM 1405 4535 (102m by 54m) (Centred on)
Map sheet TM14NW


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1990: Early Saxon mixed cremation/inhumation cemetery revealed during watching brief for industrial development. Rapid salvage excavation recovered remains of five cremations and twenty two inhumation graves, probably of 6th and and early 7th Century date. One of the inhumations was a large chamber grave and the four cremations appeared to respect it as satellite burials. No trace of a mound or ring ditch was found with this chamber grave, any such evidence having been removed by the initial machining of the site (note: John Newman claims evidence for a small barrow in (S3)). Grave goods with the inhumations included spears, shields, knives, brooches and beads. One was a particularly wealthy female grave of circa 700 AD.

2001: Further watching brief, uncovered further cemetary remains.

See details in (S1-S9, S12).

Study of mineralised leather remains from two excavated cemeteries of sixth- and seventh-century date (St. Stephen's Lane/Buttermarket in 1987-88 and Boss Hall in 1990) sets new standards for recording this type of evidence (S4).

Also, microfauna report, (S10) and Conservation report, (S11).

Sources/Archives (12)

  • <S1> Unpublished document: Newman J. 1990. BOSS HALL, SPROUGHTON ROAD, IPSWICH.. SAU, Newman J, short site report, June 1990.
  • <S2> Unpublished document: Newman J. 1991. The Boss Hall Anglo-Saxon Cemetery, Ipswich. SAU, Newman J, `The Boss Hall Anglo-Saxon Cemetery, Ipswich', Saxon, 14, 1991, ill.
  • <S3> Unpublished document: Newman J. 1993. site report. SAU, Newman J, site report, IAS 7914, April 1993.
  • <S4> Unpublished document: Cameron E and Edwards G. 2004. Evidence of Leather on finds from Anglo- Saxon Cemeteries at St Stephen's Lane/Butter Market Ipswich, Suffolk 1987-88 and Boss Hall, Ipswich 1990.
  • <S5> Bibliographic reference: Scull, C.. 2009. Early Medieval Cemeteries (Late 5th-Early 8th Centuries AD) at Boss Hall and Buttermarket, Ipswich, Suffolk. The Society for Medieval Archaeology Monograph 27.
  • <S6> Bibliographic reference: Webster L & Backhouse J. 1991. he Making of England. Webster L & Backhouse J (eds), The Making of England, BM, 1991.
  • <S7> Source Unchecked: Carver M O H. 1993. Carver M O H (ed), Bull of the Sutton Hoo Res Comm, 8/9, 1993. Carver M O H (ed), Bull of the Sutton Hoo Res Comm, 8/9, 1993.
  • <S8> Unpublished document: Ridgard J. 1995. Boss Hall, Ipswich, (Albrighteston, St Albert and Bramford, Sproughton) Documentary Map Search.
  • <S9> Unpublished document: Everett, L. 2001. Federal Warehouse, Boss Hall Industrial Estate, Ipswich.
  • <S10> Finds Report: Turner-Walker, G., Scull, C. J. Microfauna in Anglo-Saxon Graves: Entomological Evidence from Burials at Boss Hall and the Butter Market, Ipswich..
  • <S11> Article in serial: Shearman, Fleur. 1993. Excavation, excavation and Conservation of Anglo-Saxon Jewellery From Bosshall, Ipswich.
  • <S12> Unpublished document: Barham, A.J. Bloomfield, C. Porter, A. Williamson, V.D.. 1995. Total Phosphate Determinations on Sediment Samples from Grave Contexts at Boss Hall, Ipswich, Suffolk.

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Record last edited

May 31 2017 10:48AM

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