Monument record LKH 146 - RAF Lakenheath, Zonal Workshop (Rom)

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Summary

Excavations in 1993 and 2002 revealed evidence for intensive Roman settlement activity dating to the 1st to 4th centuries AD.

Location

Grid reference Centred TL 7326 8097 (49m by 53m) (Centred on)
Map sheet TL78SW
Civil Parish LAKENHEATH, FOREST HEATH, SUFFOLK

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Type and Period (8)

Full Description

November 1992: Assessment excavation in advance of erection of `zonal workshop' located various Rom features & finds. Details & further excavation to follow (S1).
Adjoins (& extension of?) LKH 30.
Jan - Feb 1993: Excavation of area of circa 300 square metres, located mass of features including ditches, from (L?)IA to ESax in date, with (entrance?) gaps and post holes, a substantial well, circa 2.5m deep and three burials of late C1 to mid C2 date. Parts of a possible Roman roundhouse was also identified. The undisturbed Rom ground level was found over about one third of the site. Finds included slag (metalworking?), quern & mill stone fragments, animal bone & pottery. Pottery suggests occupation from late C1-C4 (also see IA & Sax) with a decline in frequency in the late C2 & C3. Metal finds included 10 coins (1 C3, 9 C4), an iron knife, iron & bronze brooches, a bracelet fragment and a fine cosmetic grinder. Further details in (S2)(S4).
November 2002: A small excavation measuring 15m x 7m on the northern side of the building, revealed a series of linear ditches and two pits dating to the Roman period, which represent a continuation of the Roman settlement previously identified to the S (S3).
Radiocarbon date of human humerus, SUERC-34273: 20-220CalAD (95.4% probability). (S5)
Radiocarbon date of human femur, SUERC-34275: 120-330CalAD (95.4% probability). (S6)

Sources/Archives (7)

  • <S1> (No record type): SAU, Tester A, November 1991.
  • <M1> (No record type): Excavation archives:.
  • <S2> (No record type): SAU, Tester A, summary report, March 1993.
  • <S3> Excavation archive: Suffolk Archaeological Service. Excavation Report. SCCAS, Duffy J, No 2003/41, March 2003, ill.
  • <S4> Excavation archive: Suffolk Archaeological Service. Excavation Report. SAU, Tester A, Report 93/48, 1993, ill.
  • <S5> Unpublished document: Radiocarbon date report. Scottish Universities Environ Res Centre.
  • <S6> Unpublished document: Radiocarbon date report. Scottish Universities Environ Res Centre.

Finds (12)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Related Events/Activities (3)

Record last edited

Dec 13 2012 11:32AM

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