Monument record FRK 101 - Medieval animal burial and features at Cornerstones

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An archaeological evaluation revealed a medieval animal burial and pit. A possible Iron Age pit was also identified.


Grid reference Centred TL 664 720 (7m by 13m)
Map sheet TL67SE


Type and Period (4)

Full Description

April 2012: A horse or cow burial was identified during evaluation trenching. Radiocarbon dating of the skeleton provided a 95.4% probable date range of 1440 to 1622 AD and a tighter date range of 1440 to 1525 at a probability of 64.5%. The presence of a burial of this kind may represent either the disposal of a diseased animal or possibly a pet. A further pit contained the skeleton of a piglet. The close proximity of these burials suggests that the area was used to the disposal of animal carcases during the medieval period. Two sherds of pottery of Iron Age date was also recovered from pits. While this may represent the continuation of the Iron Age activity to the south of the site at FRK 024, it may be residual evidence that was disturbed and redeposited during medieval activity on the site.

May 2012: Archaeological monitoring of footing trenches revealed no finds or features of archaeological interest (S1).

Sources/Archives (1)

  • <S1> Unpublished document: Beverton, A, V.. 2012. Archaeological Evaluation Report: Cornerstones, Freckenham.

Finds (5)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

Related Monuments/Buildings (0)

Related Events/Activities (2)

Record last edited

Jun 13 2016 4:29PM

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