Monument record GFD 044 - Land North of Lion Road, Glemsford

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Roman settlement finds and features were found during monitoring, evaluation and excavation at Land North of Lion Road. The finds assemblage from the site suggest the presence of a high status building in the vicinity. Iron Age pits and post medieval tenter frames for drying cloth were identified.


Grid reference Centred TL 826 482 (104m by 98m)
Map sheet TL84NW


Type and Period (12)

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2011: An archaeological evaluation revealed a Roman pit, a small undated gully, and a post medieval to modern pit. A significant quantity of unstratified Roman pottery was identified in most of the trenches and some Late Bronze Age to Early Iron age pottery was recovered from one trench (S1).

2013: An archaeological excavation revealed a structured settlement of the site during the Roman period with a layout of small spaces bounded by narrow ditches, with occasional post holes and an alignment of pits. A linear open space appears through the site that may indicate the line of a trackway. The large Roman finds assemblage included pottery, brooch and building materials. The building material yielded flue tiles and tufa stone, which almost certainly indicate the presence of a high status, villa-type building in the vicinity. The site also produced imported and regional fine wares which further support the sites high status. It appears that this site represents what may be a small part of a much larger settlement with a high status element at its heart. A cluster of small pits containing Early Iron Age pottery and residual and unstratified pottery of this date suggests some earlier occupation of the site. Several post medieval boundary ditches and a pair of tenter-frames used for stretching out of drying cloth were also identified. This is the first feature of its type excavated in Suffolk (S2).

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <S1> Unpublished document: Cass, S.. 2011. Land north of Lion Road, Glemsford CP, School New Playing Field, Glemsford, GFD 044: Archaeological Evaluation Report.
  • <S2> Unpublished document: Picard, S.. 2015. Land north of Lion Road, Glemsford, GFD 044: Post-Excavation Assessment Report.

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  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Aug 15 2022 9:24AM

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