Monument record BRG 027 - Morton Hall East

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Medieval industrial and occupation actvity, a Middle Saxon burial, and the southern and western edges or Catsale Green were identified.


Grid reference Centred TL 88073 65040 (112m by 92m)
Map sheet TL86NE


Type and Period (8)

Full Description

Following an evaluation in 1999, excavation was carried out at three sites. One site was aimed at locating further evidence of prehistoric activity but revealed no archaeological evidence. The remaining two areas were placed to trace the boundary line of Catsale Green. A scatter of isolated, pre-medieval features were identified, including a Middle Saxon inhumation, radio carbon dated to 725AD +/- 45. The body was placed in an east west orientated shallow grave, in what appears to be open countryside and it has been suggested that it is a possible murder victim. The bulk of the features identified were of medieval date (11th-15th century) and consisted of field boundaries or enclosures and an area of industrial or occupation activity consisting of two ovens or kilns surrounded by rubbish pits and limited evidence of a post built structure. These features were all situated within the area of the medieval green and are assumed to predate it. A post-medieval double ditch system, a continuation of the ditches seen in BRG 032, was identified that forms southern edge of Catsale Green and a north south ditch that forms part of the western edge of the green. The ditch fills represent the final period of use and abandonement of the boundary (S1).

With parish boundary change now in Bury St Edmunds rather than Great Barton parish.

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <S1> Excavation archive: Suffolk Archaeological Service. Excavation Report. Craven J (SCCAS) 2002.
  • <S1> Unpublished document: Craven, J.. 2005. Archaeological Excavation Report: Moreton Hall East, Gt Barton, Bury St Edmunds.

Finds (8)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Related Monuments/Buildings (0)

Related Events/Activities (1)

Record last edited

Jan 22 2018 12:01PM

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