Monument record NAC 112 - Bronze Age pits and Late Saxon 'burnt pits' Land North West of Ladywood House, Nacton

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Bronze Age pits and four shallow Late Saxon 'burnt pits', as well as post-medieval ditch and undated pit.


Grid reference Centred TM 212 407 (111m by 55m)
Map sheet TM24SW


Type and Period (5)

Full Description

2014: Detailed Magnetometer Survey showed three weak positive linear trends which could be indicative of ditches, two other descrete anomalies were recorded, as well as thermo-remnant responses which are indicative of areas of burning (S1).

2014: Evaluation revealed two pits, both of which contained Late Bronze Age pottery as well as an undated, probably post-medieval, ditch and a small undated pit. Following the evaluation, two open area excavations were undertaken around the recorded features which revealed further pits, a number of which also contained Late Bronze Age pottery. These features are likely to relate to an occupation site but no evidence for any contemporary structures or enclosures were recorded. The area has been under intensive agricultural use and there was evidence for modern truncation of the surface of the natural subsoil which could have destroyed shallower features. Additionally, a group of four shallow, charcoal filled, pits were recorded, one of which has be radiocarbon dated to around the Late Saxon period. These pits are of a type known as 'burnt pits', which are often recorded in the former heathland areas to the south and west of Ipswich (S2).

Sources/Archives (2)

  • <S1> Unpublished document: Schofield, T.. 2014. Detailed Magnetometer Survey, Land North-west of Ladywood House, Ipswich Road, Nacton.
  • <S2> Unpublished document: Sommers, M.. 2015. Archaeological Evaluation and Excavation, Land northwest of Ladywood House, Nacton, Suffolk.

Finds (3)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Sep 12 2017 12:23PM

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