Monument record BSE 340 - Neolithic activity and Bronze Age ring ditch, 15 Sicklesmere Road, Bury St Edmunds

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Excavation identified low-level Neolithic and a probable Early Bronze Age ring ditch.


Grid reference Centred TL 8642 6303 (42m by 30m)
Map sheet TL86SE


Type and Period (6)

Full Description

Evaluation identified a scatter of features belonging to two distinct phases of activity in the Mesolithic/Neolithic and middle Bronze Age-Early Iron Age periods, which have been dated by the recovery of small flint assemblages (S2).

A program of archaeological excavation and monitoring was carried out in advance of housing development at 15 Sicklesmere Road, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. The excavation identified low-level activity on the site in the Neolithic period, followed by a ring ditch, c.23m in diameter, of probable Early Bronze Age date which may have been dug for the construction of a burial mound or barrow overlooking the valley of the River Lark. The site subsequently had a likely agricultural use through the medieval and post-medieval periods. Although no evidence of a burial was identified the absence of cut features or finds material indicating contemporary occupation may suggest that the site forms part of a funerary landscape. The ring ditch and possible barrow appears to have then acted as a focus for temporary, passing activity in the later Bronze or Iron Age (S1).

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <S1> Unpublished document: Craven, J.. 2010. Archaeological Excavation Report, 15 Sicklesmere Road, Bury St Edmunds, BSE 340.
  • <S2> Unpublished document: Craven, J.. 2010. Archaeological Evaluation Report, 15 Sicklesmere Road, Bury St Edmunds, BSE 340.

Finds (8)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Jun 14 2018 1:04PM

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