Monument record LWT 270 - Possible prehistoric and Undated features, Lowestoft Northern Spine Road, Lowestoft - EXC (SCCAS)

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A number of undated ditches pits and postholes as well as a small number of possible prehistoric features.


Grid reference Centred TM 5313 9616 (199m by 930m)
Map sheet TM59NW


Type and Period (5)

Full Description

2014: Excavation was undertaken along the route of a proposed new road scheme in northern Lowestoft in March to May 2014. Prior evaluation trenching across the site had identified six areas (A-F) which would require open area excavation before the development began, and this report covers the results of that work. A number of undated discrete features were encountered in the northern excavation areas (A and B), mostly undated pits and postholes, with two linear ditch features which may relate to prehistoric field systems that have been superseded by the present surviving field system orientation. The excavation areas on the slopes of the river valley (Areas C-E) contained several small ditches/gullies, in one case potentially forming a track way (in Area D), but none were dateable. By form, they are most similar to boundaries or sub-divisions of prehistoric or Romano-British field systems, and their alignments suggest no link with the existing field system orientations. The southernmost excavation area (Area F) revealed field systems of three distinct phases - Roman, medieval and modern - as well as a number of undated ditches potentially forming the corner of a field system (S1).

Sources/Archives (2)

  • --- Unpublished document: Everett, L.. 2013. Archaeological Evaluation Report: Northern Spine Road, Lowestoft.
  • <S1> Unpublished document: Cass S. 2015. Excavation, Lowestoft Northern Spine Road, Lowestoft.

Finds (1)

Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Jun 23 2016 4:15PM

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