Monument record ERL 089 - RAF Lakenheath, Child Development Centre (Rom)

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Summary

2001 & 2002: Large area excavations uncovered Middle Iron Age pits, LIA/Early Rom ditch system and ESax features.

Location

Grid reference Centred TL 72672 79985 (141m by 78m)
Map sheet TL77NW
Civil Parish ERISWELL, FOREST HEATH, SUFFOLK

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Type and Period (4)

Full Description

Archaeological excavation in advance of the construction of a new Child Development Centre at RAF Lakenheath revealed activity dating from the Mid Iron Age to Early Saxon periods. The main period of occupation, however, was the Late IA/early Rom period and the results of the archaeological work demonstrate agricultural landscape use comprising a trackway and associated fields, paddocks and pens. The track follows a similar alignment to that of the existing Lord's Walk and it is likely that this was a route to move livestock between winter pasture on the heath and summer pasture on the fen-edge. The system of gated and fenced pens and paddocks provides a means of singling animals out and controlling the flocks. This is certainly part of a larger pattern of landscape use and further work in this area can be expected to expand this picture (S1).

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <S1> Excavation archive: Suffolk Archaeological Service. Excavation Report. SCCAS, Caruth J, No 2003/100, Dec 2003, ill.
  • <M1> Unpublished document: Suffolk Archaeological Service. Parish file. (S1).

Finds (4)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Related Monuments/Buildings (0)

Related Events/Activities (1)

Record last edited

Jun 6 2017 2:24PM

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