Monument record BLG 024 - Medieval roadside settlement, Great Blakenham Waste transfer site, Site 2, Bramford Road

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Summary

Medieval features, including ditches, pits and post holes were revealed by evaluation and excavation, representing a small early medieval settlement.

Location

Grid reference Centred TM 12181 49687 (48m by 111m)
Map sheet TM14NW
Civil Parish GREAT BLAKENHAM, MID SUFFOLK, SUFFOLK

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Type and Period (8)

Full Description

2007-2008: Evaluation and excavation identified evidence dated from the 11th to 14th centuries, the features being mainly ditches, postholes and pits. It is apparent that these features represent elements of a small low-mid status medieval rural settlement. A large amount of fired clay was recovered, the largest quantity from a single pit. There were some flatter surface fragments of fired clay which showed signs of sooting or were reduced, suggesting that they came from the inner surface of the oven dome. The ditches appear be land divisions probably to the rear of properties which fronted onto Bramford Road to the east. Within the four centuries of occupation a notable change within the field boundaries was identified , possibly occurring during the 13th century. During the 14th century the site was totally abandoned. There was no evidence for any later medieval or post-medieval activity in the vicinity. Evidence of prehistoric activity in the area was represented by a small assemblage of worked flint and the occasional sherd of pottery, although no features were dated to this period. Small quantities of pottery of a Saxon date were also recovered. (S1 & S2).

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <S1> Unpublished document: Atfield, R.. 2007. Evaluation report,Waste Transfer Site, Site 2, Land off Addison Way, Great Blakenham.
  • <S2> Unpublished document: Wallis, H. and Meredith, J.. 2011. Post-Excavation Assessment Report, Waste Transfer Facility at Site 2, Great Blakenham.

Finds (13)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Related Events/Activities (2)

Record last edited

Dec 9 2019 1:27PM

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