Monument record BRK 104 - Gallows Hill, Barking, (Prehistoric).

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Neolithic flints and pottery, a Bronze Age ring ditch and a small number of pits containing early Bronze Age pottery, as well as Iron Age pit and sherd.


Grid reference Centred TM 1057 5358 (606m by 914m)
Map sheet TM15SW


Type and Period (5)

Full Description

1990: DBA, fieldwalking, metal detecting and geophysical surveys - see (S3).

2002: Evaluation. The earliest prehistoric activity was represented by stratified and unstratified Mesolithic worked flint. Three concentrations of Neolithic flint, and three features were recorded, the latter containing Ebbsfleet-Mortlake pottery suggesting a Late Neolithic date. The ring ditch (BRK 005) was positively identified as being of Bronze Age date, while no conclusive dating evidence was recovered for the complex BRK 016.

2013: Excavation recorded Prehistoric to Post medieval features. The Early Bronze Age was represented by a small number of pits in the extreme southern corner of the site. Two of these pits contained Early Bronze Age pottery. Two more, although conatining no finds, have been tentatively assigned this date due to their similarity of form and proximity. The Iron Age was represented by a single Pit which contained a sherd of Iron Age pottery (S4).

Also see Undated, Roman, Saxon & Medieval records for further details relating to these periods.

Whilst the flintwork was identified as Mesolithic or Neolithic at evalution stage, the character of the entire assemblage and the nature of specific types in (S4) suggests an Early Neolithic age for the earliest flintwork, (S6). It was also not mentioned in (S5).

Sources/Archives (9)

  • <S1> Unpublished document: Suffolk County Council Archaeologcial Service. Various. Hedges J W, Symonds J & Wait G A (Tempvs Reparatum) Consultancy Report, Aug 1990, ill.
  • <S2> Unpublished document: Boulter, S.. 2002. A Record of an Archaeological Evaluation of Land at Gallows Hill, Barking, Suffolk.
  • <S3> Unpublished document: Symonds, J.. 1990. An Archaeological Assessment of land at Gallows Hill South, Gipping Valley, Barking.
  • <S3> Unpublished document: Symonds, J.. 1989. Archaeological Consultancy Report- Part of Gripping Valley, Barking, Mid-Suffolk.
  • <S3> Unpublished document: Roseff, R.. 1992. Landscape History of Gallows Hill, Gipping Valley, Suffolk.
  • <S3> Unpublished document: Hedghes, J. W.. 1992. Proof of Evidence regarding the Archaeological Resource of Gallows Hill South, Gipping Valley, Suffolk.
  • <S4> Unpublished document: Adams, M. and Barlow, G.. 2013. An Archaeological Excavation Interim Report, Gallows Hill, Gipping Valley, Suffolk (Phase 3).
  • <S5> Bibliographic reference: Billington, L, P.. 2016. Lithic Scatters and Landscape Occupation in the Late Upper Palaeolithic and Mesolithic: A Case Study from Eastern England.. Negative Reference.
  • <S6> Personal Correspondence: Cutler, Hannah. 2019. Personal Observations as part of the Enhancement of the Suffolk HER for the Palaeolithic & Mesolithic Periods project.

Finds (4)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Sep 17 2020 4:17PM

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