Monument record CDD 050 - Smyes Corner, Shrubland Quarry phase 2 (Sax)

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Cemetery, circa 36 graves of C7 date excavated, also 2 possible SFBs, see details.


Grid reference Centred TM 1203 5386 (239m by 230m)
Map sheet TM15SW


Type and Period (4)

Full Description

1995: Hooked tag with ring and dot decoration found in Phase 2 evaluation (S1).
1996: An area of c.22ha was evaluated by trial-trenching. A Late Iron Age/Early Roman occupation site covering about 2ha was identified towards the north end of the site. The presence of metal-working slag suggests that some industrial activity was also taking place. A contemporary field system surrounding the settlement was suggested by a number of similarly orientated ditches elsewhere in the survey area. See (S7).
1999: Circa 36 graves, of C7 date, excavated, some (4) in ring ditches. Also 2 possible SFBs (S2). Details to follow and in (S3) (S4).
2004: Radiocarbon date on human bone from grave 0308 of 1417 +/- 16 yr BP (cal to circa 600-660 AD)(S5).
Also IA.
2006: This report documents the organic material preserved by contact with metal artefacts from this seventh century cemetery. The site had been partially quarried away, but 53 inhumations remained of which 21 graves contained metalwork with mineral preserved organic material and are reported on here. This cemetery is of an early seventh century date, making it a final phase type which is transitional between pagan and Christian burial ritual and few of the burials are accompanied with grave goods. Two of the burials were placed in chambered graves: grave 157 was laid out with weapons and grave 308 contained a dismantled bed. Both these graves are discussed in detail, although the bed reconstruction has been produced as a separate report (Watson, 2006). This report covers the condition of the assemblage from Coddenham, the organic components of the weapons, personal items and the containers placed in these graves; followed by a catalogue of all the material that has been examined along with the results (S6).

Sources/Archives (8)

  • <S1> Unpublished document: Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service evaluation report. SAU, Boulter S, SCCAS Report, 96/85, January 1996, ill.
  • <M1> Unpublished document: Suffolk Archaeological Service. Parish file. (S1)(S2)(S3).
  • <S2> Unpublished document: Suffolk County Council Archaeologcial Service. Various. SAU, Newman J, Summary Report, November 1999, plan.
  • <S3> Excavation archive: Suffolk Archaeological Service. Excavation Report. SAU, Topham-Smith C & Anderson S, SCCAS Report 2000/06, May 2000.
  • <S4> Excavation archive: Suffolk Archaeological Service. Excavation Report. Anderson S, SCCAS, Assessment and updated project design 2002/81.
  • <S5> Unpublished document: Radiocarbon date report. Queens University, Belfast, Lab ID UB-4964.
  • <S6> Unpublished document: Watson, J.. 2006. The Examinination and reconstruction of Anglo-Saxon Bed Burial, Smythes Corner Anglo-Saxon Cemetery, Coddenham, Suffolk.
  • <S7> Article in serial: Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History. Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History. PSIAH 39 (1), P.92.

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Record last edited

Jul 22 2013 3:15PM

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