Monument record IPS 462 - 16th century pit and animal remains assemblage, Coytes Gardens/Friars Street, Ipswich.

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16th century pit containg six complete vessels and a large animal bone assemblage.


Grid reference Centred TM 161 444 (21m by 21m)
Map sheet TM14SE


Type and Period (1)

Full Description

2004: A large pit, very regular in shape with sheer sides, right angled corners and a flat base was recorded during an archaeological monitoring. Large number of ceramic sherds and animal bone were recovered. The pottery represented six vessels including redware, red earthenware, and stoneware. The assemblage likely dates from the 16th century. The animal assemblage was predomnintly cattle metapodials with a minimum of twelve individual cattle present, including two juveniles and one sub-adult. Many of the metapodials exhibited cut marks, consistent with skinning. The other animals present include sheep and pig. It is possible that these bones could be primary butchering/skinning and possible tanning waste however the lack of other foot bones in this assemblage does cast some doubt over the tanning theory and may indicate that the metapodials in this collection had been collected from skinned animals and intended for use in bone working, possibly to produce skates, but never used for this purpose (S1).

See also (S2)

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <S1> Unpublished document: Sommers, M.. 2004. Archaeological Monitoring Report: Coytes Gardens/Friars Street, Ipswich.
  • <S2> Article in serial: Blatchly, J & James, J. 1999. The Beeston-Coyte Hortus Botanicus Gippovicensis and its printed catalogue.

Finds (3)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Nov 30 2022 1:49PM

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