Monument record ERL 214 - Intermediate School New Gym, RAF Lakenheath

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Summary

Excavation identified, a penannular ring ditch, cut by a series of Roman boundary ditches, forming a larger enclosure, postholes formed a structiure and two large Iron Age pits.

Location

Grid reference Centred TL 7266 8023 (27m by 24m)
Map sheet TL78SW
Civil Parish ERISWELL, FOREST HEATH, SUFFOLK

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Full Description

2010: An archaeological evaluation carried out on land at the Intermediate School, RAF Lakenheath, identified a single undated ditch, indicating that the site lies in a peripheral area between two known areas of extensive Roman occupation at Thunderbird Way/Kennedy Street and Caudle Head (S1).
2011: An excavation was carried out prior to the construction of a new school gym on land at the intermediate school, RAF Lakenheath. The excavation identified a section of a possible penannular ring ditch cut by a series of Roman boundary ditches that re-defined the enclosed area into part of a larger sub-rectangular enclosure recorded within the bounds of the original ring ditch and enclosures. The structure consisted of two rows of tightly packed postholes forming the north and south walls. Several slightly larger and more generously spaced postholes towards the western side of the structure suggest an entrance of some kind whilst the west side of the building appears to have been left open. Portions of a crushed chalk floor survived within the structure's interior as well as two large pits which produced small quantities of Late Iron Age pottery. The structure and parts of the enclosure ditches were sealed by localised reddish brown silt believed to be the decayed remnants of the roof and walls. An Aucissa brooch dated to AD43-75 was discovered at the interface between this silt and the interior ground level (S2).

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <S1> Unpublished document: Craven, J.. 2010. Archaeological Evaluation Report, Intermediate School New Gym, RAF Lakenheath, ERL 214.
  • <S2> Unpublished document: Beverton, A, V. 2012. Archaeological Excavation Report, Intermediate School Gym, RAF Lakenheath.

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Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Mar 3 2013 4:08PM

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