Monument record ORF 032 - Castle Hill

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Summary

Extensive Med deposits (post-dating castle) including ovens, revealed by evaluation & excavation.

Location

Grid reference Centred TM 42068 49780 (56m by 84m)
Map sheet TM44NW
Civil Parish ORFORD, SUFFOLK COASTAL, SUFFOLK

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Type and Period (6)

Full Description

June 2000: Trenched evaluation prior to housing development located extensive Med deposits. Details in (S1).
Jan-Feb 2001: Mainly Med activity largely post-dating the construction of the castle and including a complex of clay constructed ovens. The site had been sealed by significant depths of both topsoil and subsoil, both of which were rich in finds. In the northern part of the site, wide trenches were opened on the footprints of the buildings to be constructed. A number of post holes were excavating suggesting the presence of structures. Ditches were also observed, as well as a series of large, deep pits, a few of which appeared to be associated with some form of quarrying rather than the exclusive disposal of rubbish. To the south of the site, an area was stripped for full excavation and was found to contain a complex of clay constructed ovens as well as pits and post holes. Finds from all these features indicate activity on the site from the 12th century onwards (S2).

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <S1> Unpublished document: Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service evaluation report. SAU, Boulter S, SCCAS Report 2000/54, July 2000.
  • <M1> Unpublished document: Suffolk Archaeological Service. Parish file. (S1)(S2).
  • <S2> Excavation archive: Suffolk Archaeological Service. Excavation Report. SCCAS, Everett L, No 2001/32, November 2002.

Finds (24)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Related Monuments/Buildings (0)

Related Events/Activities (2)

Record last edited

Jan 23 2012 12:04PM

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