Monument record ERL 116 - Consolidated support building, RAF Lakenheath, Saxon (Sax)

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Evaluation and excavation identified a series of ditches containg occupation material, pits and a distinctive pit group (possible chalk extraction).


Grid reference Centred TL 734 804 (80m by 149m)
Map sheet TL78SW


Type and Period (2)

Full Description

2001: Archaeological trial trenching has revealed evidence of a peat filled channel beneath wind deposited sand. The feature ran towards Caudle Head where an extant watercourse drains towards the fens. A series of ditches containing occupation material appear to be Middle Saxon in date and is thought ot be a contiuntion of the settlement to the west (ERL 101) (S1).
2003: Archaeological excavations identified field systems, pits and a distinctive pit group. Finds of Ipswich Ware pottery and evidence from the animal bone showing food waste, butchery, milk and wool production and possibly horncore working along with the evidence of the slag for a possibly smithy suggest both domestic and industrial activity with settlement very nearby and mixed farming being carried out (S2).

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <M1> Unpublished document: Suffolk Archaeological Service. Parish file.
  • <S1> Unpublished document: Tester, A.. 2001. Archaeological Evaluation Report, Consolidated Support Complex, RAF Lakenheath, ERL 116.
  • <S2> Unpublished document: Caruth, J.. 2006. Archaeological Excavation Report, Consolidated support complex, RAF Lakenheath, ERL 116 and Family Support Complex RAF Lakenheath ERL 139.

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Record last edited

Oct 27 2012 11:05AM

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