Monument record IPS 410 - Friars Street, Ipswich, (IAS 4102).

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Pits and artefactual evidence ranged in date from Middle Saxon (AD 650-850) to the post-medieval period.


Grid reference Centred TM 16199 44410 (6m by 17m)
Map sheet TM14SE


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

April 2002: Four pits were recorded, one in Test-Pit 1 and three in Test-Pit 2. The artefactual evidence which, due to difficulties in identifying secure contextural information, could not be used to date individual features, ranged in date from Middle Saxon (AD 650-850) to the post-medieval period (S1).

September/October 2002: Only near to the Friars Street frontage could features be detected, including an east to west running ditch dated to the Late Saxon period. This was identified in an area of considerable disturbance caused by modern basements.

The dark soil spread contained finds evidence from the Middle Saxon to the early modern periods, although there appears to be less evidence for the medieval era. Abundant cattle bones and a pottery waster indicate possible industrial use of the site. Prestigious pottery dating from the 16th Century shows that high status dwellings might have been nearby.

The dark soil could be an accumulated deposit of midden material over a long period, but the purposeful dumping of refuse and soil to build up the land surface and protect it from flooding might be a possibility. If this was the case, then the early post-medieval period might have been when this happened (S4).

See also S2-S3.

Sources/Archives (4)

  • <S1> Unpublished document: Boulter S. 2002. Record of an Archaeological Evaluation at Friars Street, Ipswich, IAS 4102 (IPS 410).
  • <S2> Index: Suffolk Archaeology Unit. 1974. SAU index card and Archive. IAS 4102.
  • <S3> Index: Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service. 1974. Ipswich Archaeological Survey Card Index (digital version).. IAS 4102.
  • <S4> Unpublished document: Meredith J,. 2003. Archaeological Monitoring Report, Friars Street Ipswich..

Finds (29)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Related Monuments/Buildings (1)

Related Events/Activities (3)

Record last edited

Jun 21 2017 2:54PM

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