Monument record FEX 329 - Candlet Road, Cowpasture Farm, Felixstowe

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Geophysical survey identified linear features and possible former pits. Evaluation identified Bronze Age occupation evidence and a possible Iron Age-Roman farming settlement.


Grid reference Centred TM 2999 3616 (836m by 605m)
Map sheet TM23NE


Type and Period (11)

Full Description

2015: A detailed gradiometry survey identified linear features of probably archaeological origin, as well as a number of possible former pits, though these may also be natural in origin. A number of linear anomalies are unknown (S1).

2016: Archaeological evaluation confirmed the presence of archaeological remains within the site, dating from the Early to Middle Bronze Age to the modern period, with the main concentrations dating predominantly to the Late Iron Age/Romano-British period. The Early to Middle Bronze activity comprised the terminus of a small curvilinear ditch that contained sherds of pottery and several charred grains of hulled wheat. Later prehistoric activity comprised a small pit containing a sizeable quantity of Early Iron Age pottery sherds and a dark, charcoal-rich layer containing pottery along the site's eastern boundary. The Late Iron Age/Romano-British remains, which were largely focussed on the low gravel ridge in the centre of the site and along its southern flank, are probably the remains of a small farming settlement, predominantly dating to the 1st century BC to the 2nd century AD. A medieval ditch at the southern edge of the site may have been associated with a former Benedictine priory. The presence of palaeochannels bordering the streams was clearly established (S3).

Sources/Archives (3)

  • <S1> Unpublished document: Davies, R.. 2015. Geophysical Survey Report, Land North of Candlet Road, Felixstowe.
  • <S2> Article in serial: Minter, F. and Saunders, A.. 2018. Archaeology in Suffolk 2017, Proceedings of the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History.
  • <S3> Unpublished document: Streatfeild-James, J., and Dixon, S.. 2016. Archaeological Evaluation Report: Land North of Candlet Road, Felixstowe.

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Protected Status/Designation

  • None recorded

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Record last edited

Feb 20 2020 3:29PM

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