Monument record BEL 024 - Multi-period settlement activity, Firecrest Nursery

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Two phases of evaluation identified multi-period settlement activity evidence.


Grid reference Centred TM 23363 46779 (297m by 169m)
Map sheet TM24NW


Type and Period (9)

Full Description

Evaluation trenches in Zone 1 identified clear evidence for Early Bronze Age and Early Anglo-Saxon settlement. A series of complex archaeological features including pits, postholes, and ditches some of which have been re-cut were recorded. Several of the features contained Beaker pottery and early Anglo-Saxon pottery. A large shallow pit containing evidence of structural had Anglo-Saxon pottery in it and is thought to be a sunken-feature building. Several other pits, postholes, and ditches could not be dated. In Zone 2 only 2 undated postholes were recorded (S1).

A second phase of evaluation identified two further phases of activity dating to the Neolithic and Iron Age. The archaeology occurred as isolated groups of features concentrated towards the east end of the site where all the early Anglo-Saxon material was recovered. The Iron Age activity was identified through sherds of unstratified Iron Age pottery recovered from the subsoil. A cluster of 10 post holes, sealed beneath a layer of hillwash was recorded however it was not possible to say whether they represented an outline of a building. Late Neolithic pottery was recovered from several pits and postholes (S2)

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <M1> Unpublished document: Suffolk Archaeological Service. Parish file.
  • <S1> Unpublished document: Newman, J.. 1992. Archaeological Evaluation Report: Firecrest Nursery Site, Little Bealings.
  • <S2> Unpublished document: Boulter, S.. 1996. Archaeological Evaluation Report, Firecrest Nurseries, Little Bealings.
  • <S3> Article in serial: Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History. Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History. 39 (1), 88.

Finds (9)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Related Events/Activities (2)

Record last edited

Jan 2 2018 2:42PM

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