Monument record ERL 101 - RAF Lakenheath; New Dental Clinic; Oxford Road

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Watching Brief excavation in 1996 followed by excavations in 1998 and to W in 2001 located remains of a Roman field system and a group of sunken featured Early Saxon buildings plus some Ipswich Ware.


Grid reference Centred TL 7321 8056 (199m by 134m) Centred on
Map sheet TL78SW


Type and Period (8)

Full Description

July 1996: car Park adjacent to Bldg 957 - `Watching Brief' excavation of trench located a group of seven features in the sides of a trench alongside Oxford Road within 13m stretch of the trench. Details in (S1). Location needs checking.
For further finds & features see (S1). Many contained large quantities of charcoal, and there were small amounts of Roman and Han-made pottery which could be Iron Age or Saxon. The most substantial features were two ditches which were aligned N.N.E.-S.S.W. Fragments of an articulated skeleton were also recovered from a disturbed context. (S5).
November 1998: Monitoring revealed two Early Saxon sunken features buildings and eleven small pits and post holes of associated date. Six ditches which predate the Saxon remains were uncovered, however could not be dated. Mesolithic and Early Neolithic flint was recovered from the natural blown sand and as redeposited from later features (S4). Most of the features and the pottery found in 1996 may also have been Esax.
Summer 2001: excavation further to W (New Dental Clinic) - revealed residual flintwork of mainly Neo & EBA date, some prehistoric pottery (IA?), a Roman field system, 3 further sunken-featured buildings, awell and various ditches and postholes of Esax date and some Ipswich ware. Details in (S3).

Sources/Archives (6)

  • <S1> (No record type): SAU (Tester A), report 96/59, 1996.
  • <M1> Unpublished document: Suffolk Archaeological Service. Parish Files. (S1).
  • <S2> Excavation archive: Suffolk Archaeological Service. Excavation Report. SAU (Tester A & Gill D), Excavation Report, November 1998.
  • <S3> Unpublished document: Tester, A.. 2006. Archaeological Excavation and Assessment - RAF Lakenheath, New Dental Clinic.
  • <S4> Unpublished document: Tester, A. and Anderson, S.. 1999. Archaeological Monitoring - RAF Lakenheath, Car park adjacent to building 957.
  • <S5> Article in serial: Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History. Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History. PSIAH 39 (1), p.98.

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Dec 8 2022 1:32PM

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