Monument record HXN 044 - Cross Street, Hoxne

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Medieval ditches, pits, gullies, post holes and finds revealed by excavation at Cross Street.


Grid reference Centred TM 187 761 (88m by 51m)
Map sheet TM17NE


Type and Period (8)

Full Description

2009: Evaluation revealed two pits containing a significant amount of highly vitrified smithing waste, a large feature, interpreted as a pond, which contained medieval pottery. Three ditches and three further pits contained pottery dated to 12th-13th century. This could indicate medieval backyard activity, with boundary ditches and shallow pits which may be shallow clay quarries. 11 further ditches, 3 further pits and two possible post-holes were undated. Environmental samples from the prior evaluation indicated a significant amount of cereal processing, domestic burning and a small amount of smithing in this period.

Excavation following the Evaluation revealed 29 discrete features and 40 larger more complex features. Two groups of post-holes appeared to relate to each other. A series of medieval drainage ditches and gullies, some of which appear to be aligned parallel or perpendicular to Wittons Lane and there appeared to be three sub-phases to the development of these plots. Phase 1 consisted of features containing exclusively 11th-12th century. The second phase consited of features containing mixed dating which indicated that the had been filled up on the 12th-14th centuries. The third phase was formed of two large ditches contained 12th-14th century and a hoard of silver tudor coins (S1).

Descriptions of two of the three flint flakes are broad, dating to a specific period bracket is ill-advised. However, they may be later Prehistoric, based on details of discovery, (S2).

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <S1> Unpublished document: Crawley, P.. 2010. An Archaeological Excavation at Cross Street, Hoxne, Suffolk: Assessment Report and Updated Project Design.
  • <S2> Personal Correspondence: Cutler, Hannah. 2019. Personal Observations as part of the Enhancement of the Suffolk HER for the Palaeolithic & Mesolithic Periods project.

Finds (24)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Related Events/Activities (2)

Record last edited

Feb 28 2020 2:39PM

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