Monument record RBK 021 - Nitrate Pipeline Excavation, Rushbrooke

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Excavation identified a Grubenhaus two Saxon ditches, later prehistoric pits and post medieval ditches.


Grid reference Centred TL 8720 6222 (140m by 136m)
Map sheet TL86SE


Type and Period (10)

Full Description

Fieldwork was carried out prior to and during work to install a pipeline at Rushbrooke Water Treatment works between 2007 and 2008. Monitoring in 2007 (RBK 020) along the pipeline wayleave identified a Saxon sunken-featured building and a series of three ditches, one of which was of Early Saxon date. In 2008 (RBK 021), further monitoring of the pipeline 'launch pits' identified a colluvial deposit only, and an excavation of a further stripped area identified seven pits and five ditches, the majority of which were located towards the south-west end of the site. One of the ditches was of possible Early Anglo- Saxon origin and the remainder were either post-medieval or undated. A cluster of postholes to the north of the ditches contained flint and may be prehistoric. A few other discrete features were also identified, although none contained dateable material (S1).

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <S1> Unpublished document: Muldowney M & Anderson S. 2011. Archaeological Excavation Report, Nitrate Pipeline, Rushbrooke, Bury St Edmunds, RBK 020 and RBK 021.

Finds (13)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Dec 15 2011 3:13PM

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