Monument record BEL 022 - Multi-period activity, Sinks Pit

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Multi-period activity was recoded during an archaeological excavation including Mesolithic flint tools, Neolithic pits and ditches and a possible Iron Age roundhouse.


Grid reference Centred TM 232 467 (119m by 102m) (Centred on)
Map sheet TM24NW


Type and Period (13)

Full Description

1994: Archaeological excavations identifed mutli-period activity. The earliest phase is represented by a curving ditch which contained a large assembelage of Mesolithic flintwork including blades and microliths. The first settlement evidence is suggested from the Late Neolithic/Early Bronze Age pits and postholes some of which contained quernstone fragments as well as pottery. The quernstones indicate early arable cultivation in association with the settlement. The third and final phase of activity on the area is made up of various ditches of Iron Age or Early Roman date, probably field-boundaries, on a N-S or E-W alignemnt. An arc of pot holes, some of which contained Iron Age pottery sherds was recorded in the western edge of the site suggesting the presence of a timber built roundhouse (S1)(S2).

Samples taken for macrobotanical remains produced poor results (S3)

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <S1> Unpublished document: Boulter, S.. 1992. Little Bealings - Sinks Pit - BEL022. SAU, excavation archive report, BEL 022, 1992..
  • <S2> Unpublished document: Newman, J.. 1992. Excavation Summary Report: Bealings Groundwater Remedieal Scheme, Little Bealings. SAU, Newman J, excavation summary report, May 1992..
  • <S3> Unpublished document: Fryer V & Murphy P. 944. Macrobotanical Remains from Little Bealings, Suffolk (BEL 022): An Assessment, June 1994. Fryer V & Murphy P, Macrobotanical Remains from Little Bealings, Suffolk (BEL 022): An Assessment, .

Finds (11)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

Related Events/Activities (1)

Record last edited

Nov 22 2019 3:17PM

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