Monument record BEL 026 - Iron Age and Middle Saxon activity, Kesgrave Quarry (N Face)

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Prehistoric finds & features (mainly EIA) and Middle Saxon finds and features where recorded from the of north face of the Quarry.


Grid reference Centred TM 22454 46568 (144m by 82m)
Map sheet TM24NW


Type and Period (6)

Full Description

January 1999: Evaluation of Kesgrave quarry north face revealed archaeological finds and features. Cut features included 5 small pits and 4 ditches, 1 of which contained BA pottery (Beaker), undated patinated flint flakes, 2 iron nails, 1 unidentified iron bar fragment. Ditches appear to represent boundaries, numerous re-cuts, probably remnants of field systems and date from at latest the Med period (S1)(S2).

Subsequent monitoring revealed 17 pits, of which 7 contained a significant Early Bronze Age and Iron Age pottery assemblage, 14 ditches and 3 post-holes (S3). The earliest phase of occupation on this site dates to the Early Bronze Age through a significant pottery assemblage although few features. The most important occupation period appears to date to the Iron Age with another significant pottery assemblage collected from 8 pits and a ditch. The pits have been interpreted as refuse pits. The next phase of activity is a series of linear features spread across the site. These may have a long date range as artefacts from a range of periods were recovered although many are likely to be residual. Most of the ditches are probably remnants of field systems (S3)

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <M1> Unpublished document: Suffolk Archaeological Service. Parish file. S1, S2, S3.
  • <S1> Unpublished document: Sommers, M.. 1999. Archaeological Evaluation Report: Kesgrave Quarry, Kesgrave.
  • <S2> Unpublished document: Suffolk Archaeological Service. Finds Report. SAU, Newman J, January 1999.
  • <S3> Unpublished document: Topham-Smith, C.. 1999. Archaeological Monitoring Report, Kesgrave Quarry, Kesgrave.

Finds (6)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Jul 10 2020 11:20AM

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